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Talking about the weather in Chiapas, Mexico: rural women’s approaches to climate change in national and global context. Thesis (Master of Arts)

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  • Lookabaugh, Lara
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2015
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CGSpace
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English
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Abstract

Through an examination of the climate change perceptions and adaptive practices of three groups of organized rural women in and around San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, together with a critical reading and analysis of the United Nations’ Climate Smart Agriculture Strategy and strategies outlined in a Central America-specific project, this thesis explores how place-based approaches in Chiapas interact with processes and ideas operating at national and global scales. I found that the women in all three organizations studied, La Red de Productores y Consumadores Responsables Comida Sana y Cercana, Mujeres y Maíz Criollo, and K’inal Antsetik, not only observed changes in climate but were also working with their organizations to actively adapt to and mitigate them. Their strategies were influenced by personal experience, gender identity and the household or community gender division of labor, indigenous or campesino identity, and organizational affiliation. I argue that many of the practices and perceptions I observed in the field could be considered Climate Smart Agriculture approaches, however they were successful due to their local creation, specificity to the people involved, and their context. In Tortillas on the Roaster there is a 10 greater divide between what practices were observed in this thesis, those promoted as adaptation strategies, and the conceptualization of what it means to truly adapt to or mitigate climate change. I conclude by arguing that a food sovereignty approach to climate change adaptation and mitigation is a more appropriate site-specific approach than Climate Smart Agriculture.

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