Land management strategies and their implications for Mazahua farmers’ livelihoods in the Highlands of Central Mexico

Fajardo, Belina García, Hernández, María Estela Orozco, McDonagh, John, Arteaga, Gustavo Álvarez and Lezama, Patricia Mireles (2016) Land management strategies and their implications for Mazahua farmers’ livelihoods in the Highlands of Central Mexico. Miscellanea Geographica, 20 (2). pp. 5-12. ISSN 2084-6118

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Abstract

This paper presents a case study from a Mazahua indigenous community in the rural Highlands of Central Mexico. It analyses Mazahua farming livelihoods characterised by subsistence agriculture, marginality, poverty and severe land degradation. Mazahua farmers face constrained environmental, socioeconomic and cultural conditions, which influence their local decisions on natural resource management. The results describe the capital assets base used, where land, livestock and crop production are imperative assets to support farmers’ livelihood strategies. It analyses local management practices to achieve livelihood outcomes in the short/long term, and to improve or undermine land characteristics and other related assets. It also presents a farmer typology constructed by local perceptions, a controversial element to drive sustainable development strategies at the local level. Finally, it discusses how local land management practices are adopted and their importance in developing alternatives to encourage positive trade-offs between conservation and production in order to improve rural livelihoods.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2016 Belina García Fajardo et al., published by De Gruyter Open. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 License. (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)
Uncontrolled Keywords: rural livelihoods,mazahua farmers,hillside areas
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2016 00:06
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2020 23:51
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/59814
DOI: 10.1515/mgrsd-2016-0003

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