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dc.contributor.authorKeleman, Alder*
dc.contributor.authorGarcía Rañó, Hugo*
dc.contributor.authorHellin, Jon*
dc.contributor.editorEade, Deborahen
dc.date.accessioned2011-05-24T10:01:52Zen
dc.date.available2011-05-24T10:01:52Zen
dc.date.issued2009-03-01en
dc.identifier.issn0961-4524en
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/09614520802689444en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10546/131005en
dc.descriptionCrop genetic diversity and poverty are linked: first, resource-poor farmers often maintain genetic diversity; and second, crop diversity, when properly valued by the market, has the potential to alleviate poverty. This article examines this supposition by drawing on three case studies of the intersection of the market with poverty and maize diversity in Mexico. These suggest that the bulk market for maize offers little room for maize landraces (local maize varieties known as criollo maize), in that it does not reward qualitative variation in maize grain and instead presents incentives that make planting 'improved' maize germplasm the rational economic choice for small-scale farmers. Meanwhile, attempts to add value to maize landraces via market differentiation have had varying success. Although there is potential for differentiated markets to contribute to successful business models and poverty alleviation, these cases exhibit trade-offs between product consistency, investment of labour and resources, and genetic-diversity conservation.<p>This article is hosted by our co-publisher Taylor & Francis.</p>en
dc.format.extent12en
dc.format.mimetypePDFen
dc.language.isoEnglishen
dc.publisherOxfam GBen
dc.publisherRoutledgeen
dc.relation.urlhttp://policy-practice.oxfam.org.uk/publications/maize-diversity-poverty-and-market-access-lessons-from-mexico-131005
dc.subjectFood and livelihoods
dc.subjectApproach and methodology
dc.titleMaize diversity, poverty, and market access: lessons from Mexicoen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.identifier.eissn1364-9213en
dc.identifier.journalDevelopment in Practiceen
oxfam.signoff.statusFor public use – can be shared outside Oxfamen
oxfam.subject.countryMexicoen
oxfam.subject.keywordAgriculture
oxfam.subject.keywordDevelopment methods
oxfam.subject.keywordDevelopment in Practice Journal
oxfam.subject.keywordDiP
oxfam.subject.keywordMaize
prism.number2en
prism.volume19en
dc.year.issuedate2009en


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