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“Take me with you, mother maize”: A tale of maize in peasant woman’s livelihoods

Sara’s childhood was full of sunshine. She remembers herself in farming fields under the sun, in the dry valleys of Bolivia. Many seasons had lacked rain which dried the soil and the air she breathed. The landscape became a palette of brown colours, intensifying the feeling of heat. Sara grew up planting seeds of different varieties of maize, every summer, in the furrows made with her father’s hoe. Although at times she became dispirited, she tenderly recalls the voice of her father saying, “Keep going Sara!” and, with that, helping her to remain focused and hopeful for a future colourful maize harvest.

Sara’s family and her ancestors are those who had developed the rich maize landraces in Bolivia, making the Andes an important centre of genetic diversity of this crop. I got to meet her through research carried out by myself and a colleague, interested in the social and ecological dynamics and roles of women around maize landraces.

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المؤلف: Georgina M. Catacora-Vargas
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المنظمة: Barefoot Guide Connection, Agroecology Knowledge Hub and Family Farming Knowledge Platform.
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السنة: 2022
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البلد/البلدان: Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
التغطية الجغرافية: أمريكا اللاتينية والبحر الكاريبي
النوع: مقالة في مدونة إلكترونية
لغة المحتوى: English
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