Mexico is the southernmost country in North America, bordered by the United States, Guatemala, Belize, the Pacific Ocean, and the Caribbean. Mexico has one of the world’s largest economies, with its economy being strongly linked to the United States and other members of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Within Mexico, Agros works in the Chiapas region in the southwestern part of the country where the region rests against the Guatemala border and the Pacific. Chiapas is home to one of the largest indigenous populations in the country, consisting of approximately 12 ethnicities, and is also among the poorest regions in the country, with little access to education, health and housing.
- Total Population: 116,220,947
- Size: 1,972,550 sq. km.
- Average Annual Income: $9,740
- Infant mortality per 1,000 live births: 15.25
- Maternal mortality rate per 100,000 live births: 50 deaths
- Main exports: Manufactured goods, oil and oil products, silver, fruits, vegetables, coffee, cotton
CHIAPAS REGIONAL STATISTICS
- Total Population: 4,796,580 of which 22% live in rural areas
- Size: 73,311 sq. km
- Agriculture: 53% of Chiapas’ population works in agriculture, livestock, forestry and fishing, but productivity is considered to be low. Major crops include: corn, beans, sorghum, soybeans, peanuts, sesame seeds, coffee, cacao, sugar cane, mangos, bananas and palm oil.
AGROS IN MEXICO
We began work in Mexico in 2005 with the village of Nuevo San Pedrito. Since then, we have established a total of six villages in Mexico, which serve 167 families (more than 950 individuals). Today, four of these villages have graduated from direct support, with only Santa Fe Ajké and Nueva Ilusión remaining under direct support. The communities are working with our staff to hone skills that allow them to produce a wide variety of crops such as onions and peanuts, and are receiving training in irrigation management, farm management, and land conservation, in addition to learning other critical skills.