Social network of producers of dehydrated products with thermosolar technology in Zacatecas, Mexico


Mercedes Borja Bravo
Venancio Cuevas Reyes
Blanca Isabel Sánchez Toledano
Nicolas Morales Castillo


technology, solar energy, food.


Objective: To analyze the social networks and the trust there is among the producers of dehydrated products
with thermosolar technology in the agricultural strip of Zacatecas, in order to determine the organizational
potential through prevailing levels of trust between producers.
Design/methodology/approach: A survey was applied to 30 producers of dehydrated products who have
received training and information about the use of the thermosolar plant, all belonging to the state of Zacatecas.
Indicators were used for the social networks analysis.
Results: The results confirmed the importance of direct and indirect links; of all the producers, eighteen
had no relationship with any other producer, although the rest showed at least one interaction with another
producer. The producers have notable characteristics and acceptable trust relationships.
Limitations on study/implications: The results apply to the selected sample; thermosolar food dehydration
technology is still unknown among the producers.
Findings/conclusions: Trust relationships must be strengthened and strategies should be created to disseminate
knowledge in a timely and efficient manner with key stakeholders and thus boost their pre-existing interactions.

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