Land settlement in Latin America has become a subject of growing concern as governments renew efforts to develop agrarian potential and to relieve the pressure on overpopulated rural and urban areas. In this book, land settlement is viewed as the development of resources, both human and natural. The spatial organization of land settlement is examined in light of social and spatial patterns that may complement economic activities, lead to viable communities, and facilitate the provision of social and cultural amenities. The farm family is seen as the basic socioeconomic unit, and the family farmstead as the basic spatial nucleus.

chapter 1|5 pages


chapter 2|13 pages

The Conceptual Framework

chapter 4|47 pages

Recent Experiences in Rural Development

chapter 5|9 pages

The Latin American Context

chapter 8|28 pages

Development of a Settlement Model