“Aunque No Cosechamos Mucho, Ayuda” (Even If We Don’t Harvest Much, It Helps): The Value of Agriculture in San Miguel del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico


Adele Woodmansee (Cornell University)

In San Miguel del Valle (San Miguel), life for many families remains centered around unmechanized maize agriculture even as climate change and economic policies limit its viability. San Miguel is a town of 2800 inhabitants located one hour from the capital city of Oaxaca, Mexico. Drawing on ten months of field work, I discuss the value of agriculture in San Miguel and the ways in which residents incorporate agriculture into their lives alongside other activities. I argue that understanding the social, cultural, and environmental context for small-scale farmers’ livelihoods is essential in understanding how such farmers might be better supported.

Part of 61-02 Agriculture, Environment, and Community, Saturday, October 23, 8:30 am–10:00 am