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- Population Impacted
- Continent: North America
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What is the environmental or ecological challenge you are targeting with your solution?
Describe the context in which you are operating
Chiapas State is biophysically and culturally diverse, according to Hacienda Chiapas just in the highlands region; around 3,717.08 Km², 75% of the landforms in the area are mountains with steep slopes in which 68% of the people speak an indigenous language . 271,581 small family farms (0.1 to 5 ha) represent the 68% of the maize cultivation surface in the state and 92% of the maize producers. The dominant form of seed system supporting these farmers is informal in nature, and is responsible for most of the local seed supply.
Just in four years of the last government, “Maíz Sustentable” program supplied 663,538 technological packages and one hybrid have been delivered to 165,884 producers on average per year, with an investment of 34 million USD dollars. There’s not a single program in the Mexican agricultural policies investing this amount to alternatives to improve, using the local context, the traditional systems.
How did you impact natural resource use and greenhouse gas emissions?
The critical numbers of farmers capable to keep experimenting and spreading seeds even if more labor is required and the stoppage of funding by the government to keep training “Agrobiodiversity Pollinators’’, give a good indicator that the process was adopted and it can rely on own funding. Agricultural diversification it’s the strategy followed by the farmers and different cash crops are generating income to fund the practices acquired in the PSD trainings.