| Lessons learned
"The best way to induce change is by showing it, not only with theoretical explanations," says the Carlos Cecilio. Five producers began in this project, and within a year from starting they got thirty more people in the community of Francisco Mujica, plus another twenty from Ramon Corona who wanted to become involved. "At this early stage we aim to change ways of thinking, of producing, of doing things; and the next stage is to improve yields and have surplus for the market".
Less than a year from starting, the field expert believes they have already partially succeeded in stopping deforestation. "That strip of forest, says pointing out to a forested area, was in the plans of being felled by a producer. But when seeing the good yields of his crops this year, it remained untouched, and we expect that behavior to be maintained over time. We have seen a change in the community, there is now more movement, they clean their streets, they no longer fell the forest and have more courage to work the fields".
|MasAgro is a strategy developed by CIMMYT, and its objective is to enable farmers to achieve higher and more stable yields, increase their income and contribute to mitigate the effects of climate change. For the implementation of the strategy the program was designed in innovation nodes, also called “hubs”. The most recent of these innovation nodes is denominated Yucatan Hub, beginning activities in the year 2014. During the first year the approach of this hub has been to create capacities in technical advisers about conservation agriculture, such as no-till, stubble management and crop rotation.
By the year 2015, the Yucatan Hub plans to implement its strategy consolidating a scheme as an experimental platform, modules of sustainable practices and extension areas. The experimental platforms are extensions that will generate technologies, as well as to investigate and develop capacities. The modules of sustainable practices will serve as promotion amongst leading farmers in order to apply the knowledge in the areas of technology extension. The experience of Pronatura, strategic partner of MasAgro in the region, will be considered as a module of sustainable practices.