Case Study From Mexico

In the following section, empirical data illuminating the concepts outlined above are presented. The data for this research were gathered as a part of the McKnight Foundation Collaborative Crop Research MILPA project, composed of a joint Mexico-U. S. research team of botanists, biologists, crop breeders, and social scientists. Research teams were based around the principal crops of the milpa cropping system: maize, beans, squash, and quelites (a broad category of other edible plants found in the milpa). The fifth research group, the socioeconomic group, concentrated on local and regional analyses of the motivations behind farmer behavior.

The data presented below are from a survey of 281 households in 24 villages in the Sierra Norte de Puebla, a mountainous region roughly delimited (and isolated) by two major river valleys. The survey sample was structured to cover a representative sample of villages in the study area. The villages were chosen to incorporate a wide range of geographic, agro-ecological, agronomic, market, and cultural diversity. The variation in levels of economic development and market integration in the region can also be used to model the socioeconomic processes that may affect CGR conservation.

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