Rural enterprise in Mexico: a case of necessity diversification.
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BOSWORTH, G., MCELWEE, G. and SMITH, R. 2015. Rural enterprise in Mexico: a case of necessity diversification. Journal of enterprising communities: people and places in the global economy [online], 9(4), pages 327-343. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/JEC-05-2014-0006
This paper aims to consider the challenges facing small rural businesses in Mexico in their efforts to be enterprising and sustainable when confronted with severe exogenous pressures. Extant literature on farm diversification has a developed economy focus (Pyysiäinen et al., 2006; McElwee, 2008; McElwee and Smith, 2013), but relatively little has been published in developing economies. The key findings suggest that farm businesses, particularly those located in drought-prone regions, have benefited from government-sponsored support, but this support needs to now be targeted to develop the entrepreneurial potential of individuals and collectives.