Traditional Smallholder Farmers in a Growing Economy and a Globalized World

Evidence from the State of Yucatan

Knerr, Béatrice / Becerril García, Javier (Editor)

Mit Beiträgen von Alvarez Manzanilla, Jesus Hilario / Becerril García, Javier / Blundo Canto, Genowefa / Büchner, Juliane / Castañeda-Navarrete, Jennifer / Castaneda-Navarrete, Jennifer / Cuevasa, Francisco Hernández / González-Torres, RosaInés / Hernández-Cuevas, Francisco Iván / Jimenez, Javier Jose / Jiménez, Juan / Knerr, Béatrice / López Barreto, Mauricio F. / Pardenilla, Viridiana / Steffens, Ute / Valdes, Nancy Lira

kassel university press, ISBN: 978-3-86219-906-8, 2019, 343 Pages
(International Rural Development 10)

URN: urn:nbn:de:0002-39070

DOI: 10.19211/KUP9783862199075

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Content: Smallholder farming plays a central role for the livelihood security of rural families in most low- to middle income countries. Beyond that it contributes to sustain important ecological functions and services. Yet, world-wide, increasing economic pressure threatens its viability, while young and capable labour force is attracted away to urban centres. In the Mexican state of Yucatán - where foremost indigenous Mayan people are practicing traditional farming under adverse natural conditions, using a broad variety of agro-biodiversity - these predominant trends can be observed like in a burning lens. Farming is more and more just performed for subsistence while cash for daily expenses is obtained from other sources. Aware of the sector’s benefits for society, Mexican policy makers recently put its services regarding food and livelihood security, agro-biodiversity, and maintenance of cultural heritage high on the agenda. Starting from that baseline, research teams affiliated to the University of Kassel and the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán (UADY) conducted several interrelated research projects. All investigations are grounded in field work, including intensive interviews among local people and experts. The results are assembled in this volume.

Table of Content

Knerr, Béatrice:Introduction into Yucatán’s Rural and Agricultural Development
Blundo Canto, Genowefa /
Becerril García, Javier:
Dimensions of Smallholder Farming’s Attractiveness inYucatán, with a Focus on Decent Work Aspects co-authored by Beatrice Knerr
Büchner, Juliane /
Knerr, Béatrice /
Becerril García, Javier:
Market Participation and Poverty Reduction in Smallholder Households of Yucatán
Valdes, Nancy Lira /
Knerr, Béatrice /
Jimenez, Javier Jose:
Organic Agriculture as a Potential Income Source for Smallholders in Yucatán
Alvarez Manzanilla, Jesus Hilario /
Knerr, Béatrice:
Exploring the Potential Value of an Underutilized Plant: The Case of Chaya in Yucatán
Steffens, Ute /
Knerr, Béatrice /
Becerril García, Javier:
Intra-Household Gender Equality, Family Organization, and Poverty in Rural Yucatán
Becerril García, Javier /
Castañeda-Navarrete, Jennifer:
Formal Wage Employment and Gender Inequality in Rural Yucatán. A Micro-economic Analysis
Pardenilla, Viridiana /
Becerril García, Javier /
Jiménez, Juan:
Economic Valuation of Agrobiodiversity by Local Villagers in Yucatán co-authored by Béatrice Knerr:
López Barreto, Mauricio F. /
Becerril García, Javier /
Cuevasa, Francisco Hernández:
Innovation potential in Yucatec-Mayan home gardens within socio-productive program: a biocultural heritage perspective
Becerril García, Javier /
González-Torres, RosaInés /
Castaneda-Navarrete, Jennifer:
Women’s contribution to maintaining Yucatán’s agrobiodiversity
Hernández-Cuevas, Francisco Iván /
Becerril García, Javier /
López Barreto, Mauricio F.:
Production patterns and water footprint in Yucatán’s traditional agriculture

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