Tania Martínez Cruz (KTI): The politics of agricultural technology interventions. Conservation Agriculture in Mexico

Organised by Knowledge Technology and Innovation, Philosophy, Strategic Communication

Tue 1 March 2016 12:30 to 13:30

Venue Leeuwenborch, gebouwnummer 201
Room C083

Our study addresses technology driven interventions and how they can be understood as continuations and/or discontinuations of earlier interventions.

The study examines the MasAgro programme in the region of Bajío, Mexico and identifies five state interventions around Conservation Agriculture (CA) technologies that have taken place since 1985. We analyse how and why these different interventions/projects emerged and stopped and who were the key actors shaping them.

Every change of government was associated with changes in agricultural development programs. As a consequence, the interventions aiming at developing agricultural productivity initiated by the previous government were often discontinued and replaced by new ones. In some instances, the new interventions also undertook CA – though carrying other labels. In this paper we call this process 'the politics of agricultural technology interventions'.