DRAINED-FIELD AGRICULTURE IN SOUTHWESTERN TLAXCALA, MEXICO.
NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES-NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL WASHINGTON D C FOREIGN FIELD RESEARCH PROGRAM
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This study examines the land and water management problems of Tlaxcala, concentrating on the southwestern portion of the state which lies at the northern end of the Basin of Puebla on the Mesa Central of Mexico. To cope with poorly drained, sand-filled streamways which threaten flood and deposition on basin floor soils, the Tlaxcala farmers practice sophisticated land conservation and reclamation techniques, using a minimum of equipment. In the process, they have created a productive and distinctive agricultural region. A description of the methods they employ to maintain and expand the agricultural base in this difficult environment forms part I of this study. In part II, the ecology of farm life is discussed and the geographical relationship between complexes of agricultural practices, social systems, and populations is discussed. Author
- Agricultural Economics