Gabriel Rodriguez
University of Nairobi, Kenia e International Development Research Centre, Canadá


Rural Territorial Development (DTR) is recently being discussed, developed and implemented in the first years of the 21st century in order to minimize “poor development” in the previous decade. However, it is endorsed and reemerges from the same system structure generating the problems DTR is supposed to fight against. Most scholar works, to be ascribed to DTR management overlook epistemic, political and socioeconomic implications derived from this approach. This paper analyzes and challenges the conditions of possibility giving rise and legitimating DTR, which allowed for and enabled it as a guiding framework for rural development public policies in most Latin American countries. This paper follows a qualitative theoretical-explanatory approach, relying on a broad bibliographic review on critical agrarian geography, decoloniality and internal colonialism, which brings a cross-cutting view on post-development approaches. By deconstructing DTR we expect its role as a promoter and camouflager of the capitalist/ patriarchal, Western-centric/Christian-centric, modern/colonial world system.

Keywords: Rural territorial development, fight on poverty, agrarian issue, neodevelopmentalism, modern/colonial world system.