Historic questions were asked to gather some background on the importance of the milpa system for each household. The questions were used to try to ask the households directly what the principal threats to the milpa system are. While most of the households in the survey sample planted milpa in the survey year (221 of 281, or 79%) many households had left the activity recently. The first question on the survey was whether the household had planted the milpa. Those households who reported not planting the milpa in the past year were asked why they chose not to.
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