As a result of concern over three related issues—a renewed interest in self-help mechanisms, the farm crisis of the 1980s, and the renewed recognition of rural poverty—an agenda which focuses on rural development has emerged. Central to the formation of rural development strategies is the role of community action. This paper reviews some of the searching questions about the whats and whys of community action, about the distinctive problems and potentials of community action, and about how rural community action can be promoted.

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