Using an actor-oriented approach as the point of departure, a series of aspects related to local maize seed management and transactions are examined and discussed, including
- Farmers' seed practices as a form of local knowledge;
- The role of collective action in relation to crop genetic diversity conservation and seed supply at the local level;
- The social organization of seed supply; and
- Farmers' transaction costs in relation to seed acquisition.
The study shows that smallholder maize seed practices in the Central Valleys of Oaxaca are complex and dynamic, spanning both conservation and innovation aspects. Local concepts relating to maize and maize seed practices are often flexible and negotiable, and small-scale experimentation in search of knowledge and practical solutions is an integral part of farming. The applications and dynamics that make up local maize seed practices in the study area appear to be negotiated on the basis of a set of shared views and conditions, which in themselves are based on the agro-ecological, cultural, and social environments in which these farmers operate.
While each section of the book analyses a different problematic, shedding light on a particular aspect of local seed dynamics in the study area, together they complement each other and provide a basis for a deeper understanding of farmers' seed practices in the Central Valleys of Oaxaca. This in turn contributes to an improved understanding of local seed practices in a broader perspective and emphasizes the challenge for agricultural research of achieving synergies with local knowledge as the major driving force in local development processes.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||24 Oct 2006|
|Place of Publication||[S.l.]|
|Publication status||Published - 2006|
- rural sociology
- rural development
- farm management
- small farms
- local population
- action research