The Dynamics of Farmers' Maize Seed Supply Practices in the Central Valleys of Oaxaca, Mexico

Lone B. Badstue, Mauricio R. Bellon, Julien Berthaud, Alejandro Ramírez, Dagoberto Flores, Xóchitl Juárez

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Abstract

What are the organizing principles that underlie and help shape farmers' seed supply practices in the Central Valleys of Oaxaca? And what are the implications of these practices for maize genetic diversity and the introduction of improved varieties? Local maize seed supply was studied using both qualitative and quantitative methods and a series of factors that influence local seed supply was analyzed. Together they constitute a set of flexible and dynamic practices, which embrace both conservation and innovation aspects. Implications for on-farm conservation and introduction of improved varieties are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1579-1593
Number of pages15
JournalWorld Development
Volume35
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Latin America
  • maize
  • Mexico
  • on-farm conservation
  • social seed system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics

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