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Conservation agriculture in maize- and wheat-based systems in the (Sub)tropics: Lessons from adaptation initiatives in South Asia, Mexico, and Southern Africa
Conservation agriculture's underlying principles—minimal soil disturbance, soil cover and crop rotation—are increasingly recognized as essential for sustainable agriculture. This article summarizes three contrasting cases ...
Diverse varieties and diverse markets: Scale-related maize "profitability crossover" in the central Mexican highlands
Discussions of maize agriculture in Mexico often treat 'maize' as a uniform commodity, sold in a relatively homogeneous market, and for which there is a single, 'economically rational' production strategy. Based on qualitative ...
Interdisciplinary entanglements in index insurance
(International Research Institute for Climate and Society, 2016)
Las variedades criollas del maiz, los mercados especializados y las estrategias de vida de los productores
En Mexico, no obstante la gran inversion y los muchos años de influencia del mejoramiento formal e introduccion masiva de variedades mejoradas de maiz, los agricultores de pequeña escala siguen cultivando las variedades ...
Agricultural extension, collective action and innovation systems: Lessons on network brokering from Peru and Mexico
Purpose: New approaches to extension service delivery are needed that stimulate increased agricultural production, contribute to collective action and which also foster the emergence of agricultural innovation systems. ...
Effectiveness of hermetic systems in controlling maize storage pests in Kenya
To protect their maize from pests such as the larger grain borer (Prostephanus truncatus), and from theft, farmers in Africa are abandoning traditional storage structures: they shell their maize earlier and tend to store ...
Improving market access and agricultural productivity growth in Africa: what role for producer organizations and collective action institutions?
The history of producer organizations in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is a mixed one. In the past, producer organizations often failed to provide desired services due to dependence on government support, which led to heavy ...