September 2012 - August 2014

The Yaqui Valley Revisited: A case study on agricultural sustainability in Mexico


Principal Investigator
Senior Fellow, Emeritus
  • Professor, Economics, Emeritus
  • Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute
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Chester Naramore Dean of the School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences, Richard and Rhoda Goldman Professor of Environmental Studies, Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, FSE Affiliated Faculty
  • Professor, Earth Sciences
  • Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute
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Senior Fellow
  • William Wrigley Professor of Earth System Science
  • Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute and Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
  • Professor, by courtesy, Economics
  • Senior Fellow and Founding Director, Center on Food Security and the Environment
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  • Gloria and Richard Kushel Director of the Center on Food Security and the Environment
  • Professor, Earth System Science
  • William Wrigley Fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
  • Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
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Visiting Scholar

The Yaqui Valley is the birthplace of the Green Revolution and one of the most intensive agricultural regions of the world, using irrigation, fertilizers, and other technologies to produce some of the highest yields of wheat anywhere. It also faces resource limitations, threats to human health, and rapidly changing economic conditions. In short, the Yaqui Valley represents the challenge of modern agriculture: how to maintain livelihoods and increase food production while protecting the environment.

The purpose of this project is to examine what has happened in the Yaqui Valley since the Stanford Project left the Valley in 2007. Emphasis will be on fertilizer use; water allocations; institutional changes in water, credit, and ejido villages; and agricultural prices and subsidies. More generally the emphasis will be on sustainability in the Valley, and on whether various measures of sustainability have improved or worsened.

Former project website