Interested in critically analysing how local maize relate to the design and  implementation of ‘from-below’ agro-ecology and public food policy initiatives?

SDC offerst thesis topics in the Mexican state of Tlaxcala with two “from-below” organizations around the following topics:

  • Political processes of local seed protection and conservation
    (particularly native peasant maize)
  • Systematization of small-farmers organizations’ experiences
    to form agro-ecological Participatory Guarantee Systems.
  • Processes of local promoters’ training for replicating agroecological
    practices at community level.
  • Outcome and impact indicators of agro-ecological activities,
    small agro-ecological markets, and responsible food
    consumption.
  • The turn to agro-ecology in some of the new Mexican
    government policies aimed to achieve national food selfsufficiency
    and small-producers’ well-being.

These thesis themes are linked to Marisol Reyna’s (RSO) PhD project, named “Thinking through maize: exploring the effects of the ‘social-interface’ and the ‘partial connections’ created through the implementation of food-security and agro-ecology courses of action on local food imaginings and practices in rural Tlaxcala, Mexico”.

Supervision

Dr. Gerard Verschoor (SDC) and Marisol Reyna (RSO)

Interested?
Please send an email to marisol.reynacontreras@wur.nl

Procedure

The elected student for this thesis project contacts Jessica de Koning (jessica.dekoning@wur.nl) to register her/himself as official SDC thesis student.

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