Document Type : Research Paper


1 PhD student, Faculty of Natural Resources and Desertology, Yazd University

2 Yazd University

3 Ferdowsi University


In Collaborative management of arid regions, it is necessary to analyze the social relationships between farmers. The purpose of this study was to evaluate and analyze the social network of farmers in trust links and to participate in irrigation, marketing and cultivation activities in three villages of Aryan, Hareth Abad and Robat Sarpush in Sabzevar. For this purpose,in the firstusing with qualitative studies of survey approach,direct observation method and target population interview were identified. Then, the quantitative network analysis method, four important indices consist of "density", "reciprocity", "transitivity" and "average geodesic distance" in the links of trust and participation in agricultural activities of the farmers' network were evaluated. According to the results, the density of the four transplants was higher in Aryan village than the other villages, which is indicating more social cohesion in this village. The results of reciprocity and transitivity indexed in the studied links show more balance, equilibrium and stability of the network in Aryan village than the other villages, thus there is more social capital in this village. The average geodetic distance results also indicate the most favorable geodetic distance among the farmers in Aryan village. Increasing the cohesion and solidarity of these villages will speed up the flow of information and exchange, as well as increase social capital in them, and will help people to coordinate and access each other with less cost and time. Therefore, reinforcing trust and social participation is essential for increasing social capital as a necessity for participatory management