Having noted in previous posts that farm sizes in southern Mexico are smaller (on average) than in northern Mexico, and that farm size is affected by socio-economic factors, and that farmers of smallholdings are unable to generate a decent profit, it is interesting to consider the relationship between farm size and marginalization.
Mexico’s National Population Commission (Conapo) has formulated a compound indicator of “marginalization” and publishes its “marginalization index” at regular intervals. Data are available at both the state and the municipal level for the entire country. This discussion relies on the state level data.
Each dot on this scatter plot represents a state. For the 32 points, the statistical correlation (Spearman’s Rank Correlation Coefficient) is –0.483. This negative correlation (significant at the 95% level) means that marginalization is inversely associated with farm size (i.e. the greater the marginalization, the smaller the likely farm size).
Geo-Mexico has many other agriculture-related posts (easily found via our tag system). They include posts about the geography of growing/producing Christmas trees, cacao, honey, sugarcane, coffee, chiles, floriculture, tomatoes, tequila, horticultural crops and oranges. Also worth reading are:
- The number of small farms in Mexico is growing
- The pattern of farm sizes in Mexico: is there a north-south divide?
- The energy efficiency of farming in Mexico and elsewhere
- Mexico’s first cooks and the origins of Mexican cuisine
- Case study of a Tarahumara garden
- Mexico, the home of corn, is now the world’s largest corn importer
- Record avocado production and exports, 2012-2013