Drought impacts in Mexico: climate, agriculture, technology, and land tenure in Sonora and Puebla

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This paper shows how vulnerability to natural hazards can be measured and analyzed and how drought vulnerability might relate to new agricultural technologies and land tenure in Mexico. The study analyzes the pattern and severity of drought losses in municipios in the states of Sonora and Puebla, using data from the 1970 Mexican agricultural census. Reported drought losses were severe in many parts of Sonora and Puebla in 1969; some losses can be explained by rainfall deficits, especially in Puebla. Low drought losses in dry regions of Sonora often can be explained by the widespread use of irrigation. In general, technologies like irrigation, fertilizer, and improved seeds are associated with lower rather than higher drought losses in both states. Drought losses also are higher on the communally held ejido lands than on large private farms, supporting previous research documenting the economic and environmental vulnerability of ejido farmers. -from Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAnnals - Association of American Geographers
Pages49-72
Number of pages24
Volume80
Edition1
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes

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Liverman, D. (1990). Drought impacts in Mexico: climate, agriculture, technology, and land tenure in Sonora and Puebla. In Annals - Association of American Geographers (1 ed., Vol. 80, pp. 49-72)

Drought impacts in Mexico : climate, agriculture, technology, and land tenure in Sonora and Puebla. / Liverman, Diana.

Annals - Association of American Geographers. Vol. 80 1. ed. 1990. p. 49-72.

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Liverman, D 1990, Drought impacts in Mexico: climate, agriculture, technology, and land tenure in Sonora and Puebla. in Annals - Association of American Geographers. 1 edn, vol. 80, pp. 49-72.
Liverman D. Drought impacts in Mexico: climate, agriculture, technology, and land tenure in Sonora and Puebla. In Annals - Association of American Geographers. 1 ed. Vol. 80. 1990. p. 49-72
Liverman, Diana. / Drought impacts in Mexico : climate, agriculture, technology, and land tenure in Sonora and Puebla. Annals - Association of American Geographers. Vol. 80 1. ed. 1990. pp. 49-72
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