Farmers' Use of Improved Seed Selection Practices in Mexican Maize: Evidence and Issues from the Sierra de Santa Marta uri icon

abstract

  • Participatory crop improvement strategies have been proposed as incentives for farmers to continue growing traditional varieties identified as important genetic resources. This pilot study among indigenous farmers in the Sierra de Santa Marta, Mexico, raises questions about the benefits of such strategies. Genetic gains may not be realized, given the high rates of seed replacement for the same varieties. Seed selection is more complex and women are more involved than was previously thought. Models developed to explain farmers' decisions will need to consider the interactions among households, and the factors affecting intravariety as well as intervariety choice. (C) 1998 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

publication date

  • 1998
  • 1998