Agrobiodiversity and Food Security

AGROBIODIVERSITY CAN BUFFER THE RISK OF GOING HUNGRY

Small-scale farmers often grow an extraordinary diversity of crops in their farms and gardens, stewarding the vast majority of the worlds agrobiodiversity.  At the same time, poverty and marginalization conspire with unpredictable growing conditions and erratic food prices to make many small-scale farmers vulnerable to running out of food.  

Over six years of participatory action research in rural Yucatan, Mexico, I found that high levels of agrobiodiversity may be one of the most effective strategies that farmers use to strengthen food security and protect themselves from the risk of going hungry. 

More about my research on agrobiodiversity and food security