Institut für Ernährungswirtschaft und Verbrauchslehre

Maize Adoption and Biodiversity Conservation in Mexico

Conservation of Crop Genetic Resources (CGR) is considered an important component of sustainable agricultural development. And by the other side approximately 24 millions of Mexican inhabitants (rural & urban areas) have problem to access food supply and poverty conditions. Their high rate of demographic growth demand a long-term effort aimed at improving their productivity and income. The incorporation of new technologies into existing maize production systems should help achieve these goals, reduce poverty characteristics and maize production vulnerability.

Explore the adopters and non-adopters socioeconomic characteristics and the factors that influenced to small-farmers’ adoption is essential, because the non-adopter conserve maize biodiversity de-facto and the adopter of MVs and technology package may be cause erosion of maize biodiversity (mono-cropped) and pollution, but, the adopter improve food security, increase crop yield and food supply. The research questions are: What are the determinants for the decision whether or not to plant a Modern Variety? What factors influenced their choice? What Agricultural Policy Reforms affect the choices of small-farmer decisions? What is the probability to switch from Traditional to Modern Varieties?


Laufzeit: 01.09.2005 - 30.09.2007
Förderer: CONACyT, Spanien
Projektleitung: Prof. Dr. Awudu Abdulai
Bearbeitung: Javier Becerril Garcia, M.Sc.