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Regional Notebook Series 4 - Working and Living Conditions in Mexico's Export Agriculture. Guanajuato's Bajío, 2020-2022

Regional Notebook Series 4 Cover Page
Regional Notebook Series 4 Cover Page

Over the past century, Mexico has become an agricultural powerhouse providing a wide range of fresh fruits and vegetables to consumers in Mexico, North America and beyond. To provide a more granular picture of the history of Mexican agriculture and assess the current labor conditions among those working on farms for export and domestic production, the Wilson Center, TPT, and CIESAS have carried out a regional study of the Bajío Guanajuatense. We are pleased to publish Working and Living Conditions in Mexico’s Agriculture. Guanajuato’s Bajío, 2020 – 2022 – a study that describes the development of one of Mexico’s most productive agricultural regions and assesses the conditions of the current agricultural workforce. Through demographic and economic analysis, a clear understanding of the relevant provisions of Mexican law, a specially developed survey, interviews and visits to the homes and workplaces of current workers, the authors provide a comprehensive analysis of the labor conditions for agricultural workers in this region. In doing so, they hope to have contributed to enhanced understanding of the nuances and complexities of Mexico’s agricultural sector, including significant differences between formal and informal workers.

These regional studies series analyze interactions between agricultural development and social dynamics in specific Mexican regions.

For more information on the project, please visit the project on the following webpages: Wilson CenterJornaleros México

The Regional Notebook Series has been made possible by support from the Walmart Foundation.

The findings, conclusions and recommendations presented in this report are those of the author(s) alone, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Foundation.

Mexico Institute

The Mexico Institute seeks to improve understanding, communication, and cooperation between Mexico and the United States by promoting original research, encouraging public discussion, and proposing policy options for enhancing the bilateral relationship. A binational Advisory Board, chaired by Luis Téllez and Earl Anthony Wayne, oversees the work of the Mexico Institute.   Read more