SEED Mexico

The purpose of the SEED program in México is to help remote and marginalised indigenous communities in the southern states of México improve their overall wellbeing and maintain their own cultural sustainability.

México is defined as a pluricultural nation - a nation in which Indigenous Peoples are allowed to have an autonomous form of self-government, but are subject to the rights and responsibilities set within the federal and states constitution. It is a country of countries that still contains a vast collection of vibrant pre-Hispanic cultures and traditional groups, with (currently) over 15 million indigenous peoples, 62 spoken languages and associated cultures. 

There are challenges facing these communities. Most are isolated and widely scattered and lack serious economic opportunities to improve their overall quality of life. As a result, they have high levels of youth migration, placing agricultural lands in the care the elderly and forcing households to become increasingly dependant on remittences. These pueblos are shrinking and aging as a result; with a small impact sector, there aren't the programmes in place to stem this decline.

The current levels of social, productive and commercial projects required to meet the present and future needs of isolated rural communities are not adequate and will continue to have a negative impact on indigenous Méxican Pueblos.

A new approach is required that builds stronger and more self determining communites with development roadmaps that provide gateways for more effective partnership with government agencies, NGO’s and the business sector. This approach allows partners them to share in the creation of new social, economic and environmental opportunities based on the communities own assets and resources.

Communities

Santa Maria Ixcatlan, Oaxaca

En la historia colonial prehispánico y principios, había 8.000 hablantes ixcateco y su territorio fue mayor de lo que es hoy.

Santiago Suchilquitongo, Oaxaca

The first signs of original Zapotec occupation in the top of the central valley began about 500 BC with small settlements forming around 750 AD.

Los Divorciados, Quintana Roo

Los Divorciados is a small community nestled in the young state of Quintana Roo on the Yucatan Peninsula.

Sacalaca, Quintana Roo

The precolonial region was inhabited by Mayan Indians before the arrival of Francisco de Montejo in 1542. This young conquestador began his struggle for the region against growing rebellions until it was finally subdued in 1544.