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Revista mexicana de ciencias agrícolas

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MARTINEZ-LOPEZ, Anabel et al. The study of agricultural knowledge as an alternative for the development of coffee communities. Rev. Mex. Cienc. Agríc [online]. 2019, vol.10, n.7, pp.1615-1626.  Epub Dec 04, 2020. ISSN 2007-0934.

Agricultural knowledge is a background of ancestral knowledge generated by peasants; through time for the optimal use of its natural resources. Nowadays, in many regions of our country, where traditional agriculture is still practiced, the use of this knowledge can be observed. Given the public policy imposed by the modernization of agriculture, through technical assistance programs, promotion of technological packages and incentives to producers, the results show that the expected development has not been achieved and the farmers are getting poorer every day. The coffee sector is in this situation, despite producing a commercial crop. The driven strategies have focused on increasing yields, for economic improvement purposes; however, for small traditional producers, it has other meanings. With the intention of explaining this situation, this document aims to analyze documentation relevant to the search for alternatives to achieve agricultural development taking into account the specific needs, resources and vision of the producers. In contrast to the hegemonic thinking of Western science, a theoretical framework was built that founded the construction of proposals taking into account the epistemologies of the south. It is based on the premise that it is possible to develop successful alternatives for the field; through a dialogue of knowledge between the holders of local knowledge and scholars of modern science, to achieve agricultural development, community or ethnodevelopment.

Keywords : ancestral knowledge; dialogue of knowledge; ethnoagronomy; ethnocience; ethnodevelopment.

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