Institut für Ernährungswirtschaft und Verbrauchslehre

Becerril Garcia, Dr. Javier

Research Area

Adoption of Maize Technologies


Curriculum Vitae

Mr. Becerril has lived in Barcelona, Spain and studied for Master degree for two years in Spain, and worked for nine years in Mexico. He has worked on different projects on poverty, environmental, seed management of maize and keep diversity of maize issues as well as at rural community level in Mexico. He has studied in the Environmental Sciences Program at Autonomous University of Barcelona. Currently he is preparing his PhD thesis at the Institute of Food Economics and Consumption Studies at the Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel, Germany.

Date of Birth 25 th February 1970
Nationality Mexican
Marital Status Married
Experiences Specific
Extensive fieldwork in rural communities in Mexico
Analysis on poverty, econometrics, statistical analysis and evaluation of sustainable projects, analysis of Cost- Benefit, construction of Social Accounting Matrix SAM and analysis of multiplayer applied to SAM
Economics with special emphasis on rural poverty and the environment


Education and Scientific Work
July 2005
PhD Student, Institute of Food Economcis and Consumption Studies, Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel, Germany
10/2003 - 06/2005 MSc Ecological Economics and Environmental Management at Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain
2002 MSc Urbanism, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
02/2001 - 08/2003
  • Research Assistant in the Economics Program at CIMMYT, Int. International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center.
  • Part of a project of “The impact of improved Maize Germplasm on Poverty Alleviation: The Case of Tuxpeño-Derived Material in Mexico”. Project developed with International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  • Responsible for the planning, implementation, and data analysis of a survey of 325 households in 12 communities with the purpose of assessing the leaves of poverty of small-scale farmers in Oaxaca and Chiapas, Mexico.
  • June 2002 to August 2003 part of the project of “Geospatial Dimension of Poverty and Food Security –A case study for Mexico”
1999 - 2001 Research Assistant to Professor Emeritus Victor Urquidi at El Colegio de Mexico
2000 - 2001 and
1997 - 1998
An Evaluation of Sustainable Regional Development Programs (PRODERS) Mexico.
Elaborate the economics fieldwork was conduced in the priority regions of Mexico. Very high poverty and marginality. The principal methods applied were formal interviews and surveys in 42 communities through out Mexico Analysis of Costs- Benefits, poverty evaluation, analysis of marginality, among others
Collaborator in Program for the study of Economic Change ans Sustainability in Mexican Agriculture
1998 - 1999 An Economic Study in Galapagos Islands.
The objective of these study was conduced in the care environmental of human water. The principal method applied was a formal survey in 300 households on three different islands ( Santa Cruz , San Cristobal and Isabela), data analysis, make a regional Social Accounting Matrix (SAM), analysis of multiplayer applied to SAM and computable general equilibrium CGE applied to SAM. The study was developed in collaborator with the Ministry of Environment of Equator, Station Charles Darwin, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), University of California at Davis and El Colegio de Mexico.
1995 - 1997 Conservation of genetic diversity and improvement of Crop production inMexico : A farmer-based approach.
Research Assistant to Dr. Antonio Yúnez and he conduce an economic evaluation of the seed conservation in-situ. The principal methods applied were formal surveys and the elaboration of a Social Accounting Matrix, SAM, in two communities in “La Sierra Norte de Puebla”
1995 BA Economics, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico
1995 - 1999 Research Assistant to Dr. Antonio Yúnez Naude in Economic Studies Center at El Colegio de Mexico AC


Seminars and Courses

  • Attendance to the Congress on Environment and Economy National Institute of Ecology (INE) and Iberoamerican University (UIA) 15th and 16th of November 2006, Mexico City. Subject: Los factores que determinan la adopción de nuevas variedades de maíz así como la conservación de su biodiversidad en el suroeste de México.
  • Speaker: In II Caribbean and Latin-America Congress of Environmental Economics and Natural Resources. Oaxaca-Mexico March 2005. Mangrove and Shrimp Multiplier Analysis through Social Accounting Matrix (SAM).
  • Speaker: In the seminar of Regional Developing of Autonomus Estado de México University. 4th of June 2003.
  • Speaker: VI Congress of Agricultural and Development Economics. University of Chapingo , 23-24 April 2003, Mexico.
  • Speaker: In the workshop of “Methods for the building of Social Accounting Matrix, applied to the villages. Autonomus Metropolitan University, February 11-12th 2003
  • International Course: Environmental Economics and Natural Resources, Training Agricultural and Research Center (CIFA Spanish). Granada, Spain, 14-31 October 2002.
  • International Workshop: Beneficios Económicos de los Ecosistemas Naturales en el Trópico Húmedo México. 22-23 November 1999, World Bank and SEMARNAP, México.
  • Speaker: Programa de Estudios Avanzados en Desarrollo Sustentable y Medio Ambiente LEAD-México. Exposición: Recursos Naturales: La Agricultura en México. 16-20 March 1998 and 23-27 September 1996.
  • Speaker: Institute of Latin American Studies Student Association ’s XVII Annual Conference at the University of Texas Austin, February 28th 1997.

PhD Thesis

Maize adoption and biodiversity conservation in Mexico