SuLaTi

Justification

Tianguistengo is one of the 84 municipalities in the state of Hidalgo, Mexico, situated in its northeast. The municipality’s total extension is of 28,270 hectares and its total population is around 15,000 inhabitants. According to the official numbers, 87% of Tianguistengo’s localities bear a high level of marginalization and 82% of the population lives below the poverty line.

The predominating ecosystem is the one of the mesophile mountain forest with some areas of intermediate subperennifolian jungle. Tianguistengo’s agriculture is according to seasons and mainly of autoconsume. The main cultivates in the municipality of Tianguistengo on the cultivated and valuable production surface are grasses, followed by corn and beans.

The Project’s Objective

Working in a collective way with various actors on an international, national and local level to develop and implement an extensive plan of sustainable land management in Tianguistengo.

Relevance

Tianguistengo’s agriculture operates in an environment shaped by its accidented topography and steep hills. Moreover, the lack of opportunities and appropriate technical equipment has led to unsustainable practices of land management, putting food security at risk and the region’s ecosystems in danger.

Tianguistengo is one of the 5 prioritarian municipalities for the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) of the German government and has supported th Mexican government through the GIZ at the implementation of the strategy of the Ecological Coridor of the Sierra Madre Oriental (CESMO) in order to conserve and benefit from the region’s biodiversity in a sustainable way.

Approach

Through transdisciplinary investigation and participative methods, we aim at the integration of knowledge and skills of the investigators and local actors to develop strategies and innovations which go hand in hand with sustainable land management, trying and adjusting specific conditions of the region and disseminate them through the land owner to land owner- method on a regional level. This taking into consideration at all times the gender-sensitive and intercultural approach.

Subprojects

SuLaTi’s goal is to develop different subprojects through collaborative networks with institutions of superior education and investigational centers on a regional, as well as on a national and international level. For now there are subproject 1 and 2 which belong to Agroecol.

Subproject 1: Coordination

This subproject aims at the logistic coordination (fields of experimentation, accommodation, vehicles), the administrative part (permissions and finances), activities of investigation (coordination, workshops, meetings), to communicate activities and be the interpiece between all parts involved.

Subproject 2: Agronomy

The systems of production in the regions can be divided into three main ones: maize (poly cultivation of at least corn, bean and squash), shade coffee and sugar cane.

This subproject aims at intensifying the production, improving the farmer’s income and decreasing the pressure on natural ecosystems.

For this, the production systems’ actual situation will be diagnosed to evaluate and implement different practices of intensification with an agroecological approach, based on a better usage of local resources. An examples of them is: the generation of organic fertilizers and practices of soil conservation.

2015 Objetives

Subproject 1: Coordination

Lay the grounds for future collaborations through direct communication with the different actors and local authorities, public and private organizations and educational institutions of the region.

Subproject 2: Agronomy

Characterization of the municipality of Tianguistengo

Diagnosing the agricultural production systems in the municipality’s two communities.

Case studies of 4 farms in the communities of Ixcotitlán and Tonchintlán.

For further information, consult the project’s micro web site: www.sulati.agroecol.mx (coming soon)