The participation of farm women in the milpa system of the Yucatán, Mexico

dc.contributorSmale, M.en
dc.contributorMár, I.en
dc.contributorJarvis, D. I.en
dc.contributor.authorLope-Alzina, D. G.en
dc.contributor.departmentSustainable Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (SANREM) Knowledgebaseen
dc.coverage.spatialYucatánen
dc.coverage.spatialMexicoen
dc.date.accessioned2016-04-19T20:07:56Zen
dc.date.available2016-04-19T20:07:56Zen
dc.date.issued2002en
dc.descriptionMetadata only recorden
dc.description.abstractIn this article, the author studies the degree of female participation in solar (homegarden) and milpa (intercropped) production fields and associates the participation with biodiversity of varieties of maize, beans, squash, and chile cultivated on farms in rural Yucatan, Mexico. Also represented in the study is the socioeconomic qualities of female agricultural workers. Lope-Alzina chose the study area, Yaxcaba ejido, primarily because of its central location within the "maize belt," because the milpa agricultural system is still of considerable economic interest and because a large amount of research information on social and botanical issues already exists. The empirical work was based on a Spanish questionnaire and Maya interviews administered to 60 randomly selected households, or 10 percent of the population. Also included was information from two prior surveys. The research indicates that women predominantly participate in solar field production, but have little to no participation in the milpa field production. Since food stuffs such as squash, maize, and, to a lesser extent, beans are grown mainly in milpa fields, women manage and barter those seeds less than chile seeds, which are mostly cultivated in solar fields. These results suggest that the influence of women over diversity in varieties is mostly over chile and that solar fields are the principle means for women to help support their families. Chile would be an essential crop to improve the ability of women to invest in the production system.en
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dc.identifier4715en
dc.identifier.isbn92-9043-544-5en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/68950en
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherRome, Italy: International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI)en
dc.relation.ispartofIn: Smale, M., I. Már and D.I. Jarvis (eds.). The Economics of Conserving Agricultural Biodiversity on-Farm: Research Methods Developed from IPGRI's Global Project "Strengthening the Scientific Basis of In situ Conservation of Agricultural Biodiversity, 60-64en
dc.relation.urihttp://books.google.com/books?id=bmTpCPffHUsC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Economics+of+conserving+agricultural+biodiversity+on-farm&source=bl&ots=W4-_NuhoAen
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dc.rights.holderCopyright 2002 International Plant Genetic Resources Instituteen
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dc.subjectWomenen
dc.subjectCowpeasen
dc.subjectGenetic diversityen
dc.subjectHarvestingen
dc.subjectLima beansen
dc.subjectMaizeen
dc.subjectParticipationen
dc.subjectPlant genetic resourcesen
dc.subjectSeed exchangeen
dc.subjectSowingen
dc.subjectSquashen
dc.subjectBlack-eyed peasen
dc.subjectCornen
dc.subjectCucurbita argyrospermaen
dc.subjectGreen beanen
dc.subjectSnap beanen
dc.subjectSouthern peasen
dc.subjectFarm/Enterprise Scaleen
dc.titleThe participation of farm women in the milpa system of the Yucatán, Mexicoen
dc.typeAbstracten
dc.type.dcmitypeTexten
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