Adapting to climatic variability in Tlaxcala, Mexico: Constraints and opportunities for small-scale maize producers

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Title:
Adapting to climatic variability in Tlaxcala, Mexico: Constraints and opportunities for small-scale maize producers
Author:
Eakin, Hallie Catherine, 1970-
Issue Date:
1998
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
Through semi-structured interviews with Mexican climatologists and farmers and others in the agricultural sector in Tlaxcala, Mexico, this study explored how uncertainties posed by both variable climatic and changing political-economic conditions affect the vulnerability of small-scale maize producers. The objective of my research was to assess whether and how small-scale Tlaxcaltecan farmers could use long-lead forecasts to mitigate climatic uncertainty. The potential effectiveness of the climate forecasts was evaluated within the context of cultural, political, social and economic factors that influence the decision-making of smallholder farmers. This research determined that the vulnerability of small-scale producers in Tlaxcala is more a function of political-economic uncertainty than of physical circumstances. While farmers employ complex methods for anticipating climatic events based on religious beliefs and local knowledge, their ability to adapt is constrained by lack of resources. As a result, the success of the forecasts in mitigating small-farmer vulnerability will be limited.
Type:
text; Thesis-Reproduction (electronic)
Keywords:
Geography.; Agriculture, General.; Physics, Atmospheric Science.
Degree Name:
M.A.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Geography; Regional planning
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Liverman, Diana

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dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.titleAdapting to climatic variability in Tlaxcala, Mexico: Constraints and opportunities for small-scale maize producersen_US
dc.creatorEakin, Hallie Catherine, 1970-en_US
dc.contributor.authorEakin, Hallie Catherine, 1970-en_US
dc.date.issued1998en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThrough semi-structured interviews with Mexican climatologists and farmers and others in the agricultural sector in Tlaxcala, Mexico, this study explored how uncertainties posed by both variable climatic and changing political-economic conditions affect the vulnerability of small-scale maize producers. The objective of my research was to assess whether and how small-scale Tlaxcaltecan farmers could use long-lead forecasts to mitigate climatic uncertainty. The potential effectiveness of the climate forecasts was evaluated within the context of cultural, political, social and economic factors that influence the decision-making of smallholder farmers. This research determined that the vulnerability of small-scale producers in Tlaxcala is more a function of political-economic uncertainty than of physical circumstances. While farmers employ complex methods for anticipating climatic events based on religious beliefs and local knowledge, their ability to adapt is constrained by lack of resources. As a result, the success of the forecasts in mitigating small-farmer vulnerability will be limited.en_US
dc.description.noteDigitization note: p. 86 missing from original; p. 86 is referenced in the Figures section.en
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeThesis-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.subjectGeography.en_US
dc.subjectAgriculture, General.en_US
dc.subjectPhysics, Atmospheric Science.en_US
thesis.degree.nameM.A.en_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGeographyen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineRegional planningen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorLiverman, Dianaen_US
dc.identifier.proquest1393721en_US
dc.identifier.bibrecord.b3947222xen_US
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