Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9781589661806 Published January 2009

NAFTA and the Campesinos

The Impact of NAFTA on Small-Scale Agricultural Producers in Mexico and the Prospects for Change

Edited by Juan Rivera, Scott Whiteford, and Manuel Chávez

Edited by Juan Rivera, Scott Whiteford, and Manuel Chávez

Distributed for University of Scranton Press

200 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9781589661806 Published January 2009
The North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, has been one of the most hotly contested political and economic issues of the past 20 years. Contrary to much of the discussion in the U. S. media, this volume examines small family farms in Mexico which have fared worse economically since NAFTA’s passage. A distinguished group of contributors provide historical background, policy analysis, case studies, comparisons with large agribusiness corporations, and recommendations for ways to improve the situation of small farms in the future. This volume will be essential to the understanding of multinational trade issues and agriculture in the twenty-first century. 
 
 
Contents
Acknowledgments
 
Introduction
Mexican Agriculture and NAFTA--Prospects for Change
Juan M. Rivera and Scott Whiteford
 
Chapter 1
NAFTA's Impact on Mexican Agriculture: An Overview
Manuel  Angel Gomez Cruz and Rita Schwentesius Rindermann
 
Chapter 2
Asymmetry of Resources, Access to Information, and Transparency as Structural Development Challenges in Rural Areas
Manuel Chavez
 
Chapter 3
Globalisation, the State, and the Role of Agro-Industry in Mexico's Development
Mark A. Martinez and Gaspar Real Cabello
 
Chapter 4
Sweet Protectionism: State Policy and Employment in the Sugar Industries of the NAFTA Countries
Gerardo Otero and Cornelia Butler Flora
 
Chapter 5
Multinational Agribusiness and Small Corn Producers in Rural Mexico: New Alternatives for Agricultural Development
Juan M. Rivera
 
Chapter 6
Transnationals and Agriculture by Contract: The Case of Three Frozen-Food Companies in Mexico
Elia Patlan Martinez and Juan De Dios Trujillo Felix
 
Chapter 7
The Organic Farming Sector in Mexico: An Example of Resistance to Globalization
Laura Gomez Tovar and Manuel Angel Gomez Cruz
 
Chapter 8
Bimbo-Coronado and Goat-Keepers in Matehuala
Juan De Dios Trujillo Felix, Elia Patlan Martinez and Rita Schwentesius Rindermann
 
Conclusions
Mexican Agriculture and NAFTA--The Challenges Ahead
Juan M. Rivera
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