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The maize seed industries of Brazil and Mexico: past performance, current issues and future prospects
This paper describes results of a study of the main factors affecting the development of the maize seed industries in Brazil and Mexico (and, by extension, other developing countries). The authors develop a framework that ...
The impact of conservation tillage on the productivity and stability of maize cropping systems: a case study in Western Mexico
This paper examines the economics of introducing conservation tillage into existing maize cropping systems in the state of Jalisco, in the western part of Mexico. A stochastic cost-benefit analysis (SCBA) of introducing ...
The private and public characteristics of maize land races and the area allocation decisions of farmers in a center of crop diversity
This study uses an approach derived from models of the private and public characteristics of goods to illustrate (1) the overriding importance of variety attributes in farmers' decisions to allocate area among varieties ...
A regional analysis of maize biological diversity in Southeastern Guanajuato, Mexico
Four environments with contrasting potential for agricultural productivity and infrastructure development were identified in Guanajuato State, Mexico, to test hypotheses about the relationship of maize biological diversity ...
Social relations and seed transactions among smallscale maize farmers in the Central Valleys of Oaxaca, Mexico
This paper explores social arrangements associated with seed transactions among smallscale maize farmers in the Central Valleys of Oaxaca, Mexico, a centre of crop genetic diversity. A formal seed distribution system has ...
Public and private investments in maize research in Mexico and Guatemala
This paper describes the relationship between public and private sector research and seed production in Mexico and Guatemala. The focus is on public agricultural research institutes and local and multinational seed
Maize production and agricultural policies in Central America and Mexico
This paper reviews trends in maize production and consumption in Central America and Mexico in the context of the political and economic changes taking place in the region since the 1970's. The authors focus on the effects ...
Identifying appropriate germplasm for participatory breeding: an example from the central Valleys of Oaxaca, Mexico
Identifying the appropriate germplasm to be improved is a key component of any participatory breeding effort because of its implications for impacts on social welfare and genetic diversity. This paper describes a method ...
Farmers' seed selection practices and maize variety characteristics in a traditionally-based Mexican community
Experimental results and farmers surveys in a Mexican community indicates that farmers' seed selection practices protect the phenological integrity of their maize varieties as they define them, despite numerous factors ...