Faria, Andrea Alice C.

PRA that supports local development : the experience of developing a Municipal Rural Development Plan in Tombos, Brazil

This article discusses the analytical process of qualitative research, particularly those of a participatory nature. It draws on experiences in Tombos (Minas Gerais, Brazil), where a PRA process was the foundation for elaborating a Municipal Rural Development Plan. A process of 'construction - deconstruction - reconstruction' was used, proving both effective and efficient. First, a synthesis was constructed by some researchers. Then, a Committee with community representatives deconstructed the synthesis through problem analysis.