Amaranth farming: Rural sustainable livelihood of the future?

Araceli Bjarklev, Tyge Kjær, Bente Kjærgård

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Though amaranth has been studied intensively for its exceptional nutritional properties, little has been reported about its capacity for fighting poverty, securing food supplies, turning migrations, or its impact on the environment and the prospect for mprovement of living conditions of those farmers cultivating amaranth. This paper ddresses possibilities and limitations that Mexican small-scale farmers are facing to enhance sustainable livelihoods in the amaranth value chain. The study reveals that amaranth, as an alternative crop and livelihood, is perhaps one of the most complete endogenous natural resources that small-scale farmers have to combat the abovementioned problems. The study identified several local and regional barriers for increasing the level of farming, production, processing and consumption. A striking and paradoxical limitation is the monopolization practices developed by some of the associations in relation to knowledge and technology transfer, seeds distribution and contact to potential national and foreign buyers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCultivate the future : book of abstracts : 16th IFOAM Organic World Congress, Modena, Italy 16-20 June '08
Number of pages1
Publication date2008
ISBN (Print)978-3-940946-03-4
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventIFOAM Organic World Congress - Modena, Italy
Duration: 16 Jun 200820 Jun 2008
Conference number: 16


ConferenceIFOAM Organic World Congress

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