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Mundo agrario

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GONZALEZ CID, Claudia Andrea. The impacts of the expansion of fruit farming businesses In the Commune of Llay Llay, Aconcagua Valley, Chile. Mundo agrar. [online]. 2014, vol.15, n.30. ISSN 1515-5994.

The commune of Llay Llay is characterized by the existence of a regional economy structured around fruit farming businesses. The operations of these enterprises have not had a beneficial impact on the area. Rather has been confronted by a dual predicament: temporary work and low wages. As well, the environment is threatened as the agricultural frontier extends into the foothills of the nearby mountain ranges. In addition, there is evidence of increased land concentration and control of water on the part of the agribusinesses, to the detriment of the livelihoods of small producers.  The loss of land and water is the other face of a peasant proletarization process that is ultimately functional to the agribusinesses needs for financial and human resources.

Keywords : Fruit Agribusinesses and Land; Small-Scale Production; Peasant Wage Labor; Concentration of Land; Control of Water Resources.

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