Consumption strategies in Mexican rural households: pursuing food security with quality

  • Appendini K
  • Quijada M
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Abstract

Food quality is an important issue on the global agenda, particularly in high- and middle-income economies, but of little concern in designing Mexico’s food policy. Food policy has focused on quantity and in the case of maize, on satisfying domestic demand by supporting large commercial agriculture and importing from abroad. However, and as argued in this paper, obtaining a food staple (maize-tortilla) of quality is also an important issue for rural households and contributes to motivating continued smallholder production. Based on case studies in the rural district of Atlacomulco, in the state of Mexico, as well as in two regions of the state of Chiapas, this paper analyzes the production and consumption strategies of rural households. We focus on goals of food security and quality and note differential trends among households of varying characteristics and local contexts. We find that the motivation of small-scale producers to grow maize should be supported by Mexico’s food policy. © 2015 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht

Author-supplied keywords

  • Food security
  • Maize
  • Mexico
  • Quality
  • Rural households

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Authors

  • Kirsten Appendini

  • Ma Guadalupe Quijada

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