Agriculture and Human Values

, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 85–93

Gender, rural households, and biodiversity in native Mexico

  • Isidro Rimarachín Cabrera
  • Emma Zapata Martelo
  • Verónica Vázquez García
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Abstract

Knowledge about maize varieties is the key to rural households' survival in native Mexico. Native peoples relate to nature in particular ways and they play a crucial role in maintaining biodiversity. This paper discusses the relationship between native women's accumulated knowledge on maize varieties and the laboratory analysis of the species that they manage. Fieldwork was conducted in an Otomí community, San Pablo Arriba, located in the state of Mexico.

Biodiversity Gender Maize Traditional knowledge Women's roles 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Isidro Rimarachín Cabrera
    • 1
  • Emma Zapata Martelo
    • 2
  • Verónica Vázquez García
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Agricultural and Forestry SciencesUniversity of CajamarcaPerú
  2. 2.Department of Rural DevelopmentColegio de Postgraduados en Ciencias AgrícolasMexico E-mail:
  3. 3.Department of Rural DevelopmentColegio de Postgraduados en Ciencias AgrícolasMexico E-mail:

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