In the Mixteca Alta region of Oaxaca, Mexico, the deterioration of natural resources, especially the soil, has decreased food production in the traditional agricultural system, the “milpa” system, leaving insufficient food to feed the community. Exacerbated by multiple environmental and economic pressures imposed on Mixteca Alta, this food shortage has caused youth emigration thus depleting the area of its source of labor. In 2016, the Spanish and Latin American Student Society of McGill University (SLASA) partnered up with the Mexican Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) to support two communities in Oaxaca in attaining the productive and training assets they need and want to improve their conditions.

I was a leader in this aspect of the project and wrote the funding application of our team of eight students to receive the McBurney Latin American Fellowship. The eight of us were awarded the fellowship and a together raised a total of $25,000.
The year after I worked on the application to receive $36,000 and also did monitoring and evaluation of the food security intervention that would thereafter be analyzed by a course I created at McGill.

Location: Cuquila and Santo Domingo Tonaltepec in the state of Oaxaca in México
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