Color Green for Dollars: Constraints and limitations for establishing Chamaedorea palm firms in Veracruz, Mexico

Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) proponents suggest that the development of commercial enterprises can be of significant benefit for forest users by providing a direct link between producers and markets, organizing markets as well as the development of infrastructure. However, the premise that organization is simple is challenged by countless struggles and obstacles, when NTFP users – acting collectively or individually – attempt to establish firms.

Promovendus N (Nasim) Musalem Castillejos MSc
Copromotor GM (Gerard) Verschoor
Copromotor Promotor: prof. L Visser
Organisatie Wageningen University, Sociology of Development and Change

di 30 september 2014 16:00 tot 17:30

Locatie Auditorium, building number 362
Generaal Foulkesweg 1
6703 BG Wageningen

To supply a new insight into this problem, the research explored actors’ practices to understand the different forms of organization, processes of interaction and negotiation between actors involved in the use and commercialization of Chamaedorea palm, an important NTFP product marketed worldwide. The analysis of these practices serve to elucidate the multiple facets/aspects of different in diverse commercial, social, economic and political arenas, which are fundamental in answering the main research question: How are Chamaedorea palm commercial initiatives built in Veracruz, Mexico, and what are the main limitations for their consolidation and access to the markets?