Social Movements in face of the financial market: the institutional trajectory of solidary credit cooperativism in Minas Gerais (Brazil)

Alair Ferreira de Freitas (Universidade Federal de Viçosa)

February 15, 2022, 16h00 (GMT)

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This Seminar aims to analyse the trajectory of solidary credit cooperatives in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, denoting institutional processes that shaped the identity and governance of those organisations. From these experiences, we propse a refecltion on the dificulty in acessing credit from family agriculture, given the conditions imposed by bank institutions. In the same manner, the seminar seeks to analyse the sociopolitical bases that sustain the constructions of credit cooperatives formed by family farmers, specifying dillemas, conflicts and transformations that marked the present moment of verticalisation and professionalisation and that put into question their orginal ideals and distinctive "solidary" nature.

Bio note

Alair Ferreira de Freitas holds a PhD in Administration by the Federal University of Minas Gerais/Brazil, MA in Rural Outreach and a BA in Cooperative Management at the Federal University of Viçosa (UFV). He is joint professor at the Department of Rural Economy at UFV and permanent member of the Post-Graduate Programmes in Rural Outreach and in Public Administration at this institution. He is currently visiting researcher in post-doctoral internship at CES/UC.

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