16 Oct '11, 7pm

Food Production & Economic Empowerment: Mexico's Alternative Market of Tlaxcala:

Food Production & Economic Empowerment: Mexico's Alternative Market of Tlaxcala:

The market itself is a culmination of efforts to protect biodiversity , encourage low-impact agriculture, and provide entrepreneurship opportunities in the region. The Integrated Rural Development Project (PRODERI) of Vicente Guerrero in Tlaxcala, for instance, has been in the area since 1990, and “has trained local women in agroecological, soil use, and biofertiliser techniques. In their backyard gardens, they grow vegetables, medicinal plants and fruit, and raise chickens and pigs.” The Alternative Market, opened in 2005, was organized to provide a centralized location for the sale of produce, products, and prepared food that resulted from the new agricultural approaches. Women entrepreneurs particularly are funding their efforts through a combination of government loans, and then reinvestment of profits back into their businesses, which allows them to purchase equipment...

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