Econ & Social Development of Indigenous Mexicans

Desarrollo Economico Social de los Mexicanos Indigenas (DESMI) provides financial, organizational and technical assistance to help community groups carry out their own projects and work together in resolving community needs. DESMI supports the development of indigenous collectives of corn and coffee production, animal husbandry, crafts production and opening local grocery stores with the goal of creating an integrated network of producers and consumers as backbone to a strong rural economy.
Aug 4, 2010

Training to Support Food Security

Thanks to supporters like you, DESMI has been continuing several training projects at their agroecology centers. Ongoing projects over the year have included:

- A coffee growing training where the community members participating not only have the opportunity to learn hands-on how to grow coffee organically, but they are also selling the coffee and generating some income to help continue to run one of the Agroecology Centers.

- Community members are also continuing to receive training on organic fertilizers and pest repellents using locally available and renewable resources instead of having to rely on expensive chemical fertilizers and repellents. After the trainings, the community members have then gone on disseminate their new skills in their communities, reaching far more people than in the initial trainings.

- Additionally, DESMI reports success with chicken-care training and vaccination campaigns:

• Over 7,000 chickens were treated through chicken vaccination campaigns (to prevent Newcastle disease and smallpox) conducted in two municipalities (Akabalna and Benito Juarez) serving approximately 16 communities. • 5 technical assistance sessions on chicken care were conducted with 105 community members (60 men and 45 women representing 68 families) participating. Training included methods to improve chicken coops (drinking trough, nests for eggs, etc) as well as chicken hygiene and maintenance. • As a result of the chicken vaccination campaign and technical assistance sessions, 16 communities saw a lessening of disease and increased numbers of chickens in their chicken-raising projects, resulting an immediate improvement in nutrition with the addition of egg and returns on their investment in a fairly short timeframe. Additionally, many members have reported how important the chicken coops are as they allow women to multitask in the backyard by planting fruits and vegetables.

Thank you. With your help, indigenous families in Chiapas have been able to improve their capacity to implement sustainable, non-toxic methods for cultivating staple foods and vegetables and/or raising farm animals.

But there is more still to be done. DESMI has supplied us with details of their current activities and we have post new project information here:, project ID 6051.


Jun 29, 2010

Water Security Improvements in Chiapas

Community members have been involved in the planning, construction, and maintenance of two nurseries that will ensure the continuation of eco-friendly and sustainable farming methods. The diversity of the crops will keep the soil healthier and reduce the risk of plagues and disease.

Lately, the 2 nurseries and their surrounding communities have benefited from water-related activities: - The nursery in Nuevo Tepeyac now boasts a new irrigation system. It taps into a nearby spring, includes a storage tank, and irrigates all of the nursery’s diverse crops. Seven municipalities will benefit from this nursery’s production.

- The Agua de Leon nursery received a rainwater-capturing tank with the ability to irrigate their fruit trees year-round. Community raining included the importance of water-conservation methods. This knowledge will be passed on with the intention that each family will eventually have their own backyard tank.

By donating to DESMI you are ensuring more communities like Nuevo Tepeyac can benefit from increased water security.

Thank you for your support.

Mar 8, 2010

Update From The Agroecology Education Centers

In the communities of Jolja and Roberto Barrios, where DESMI has 2 Agroecology Education Centers, they’re on track with their trainings on sustainable agriculture. From our latest update, DESMI reports on 3 ongoing projects: 1. Coffee Training: - Students participated in a coffee training project where they sowed 2 bags of beans, harvested coffee trees during prune season, and cultivated plantains. - Students sold the coffee and generated income to support both Agroecology Education Centers in both Jolja and Roberto Barrios. 2. Chicken-raising: - Participants constructed a chicken coop for breeding of chickens and producing eggs. - Additionally, 4o students participated in 2 workshops on chicken care (general care, vaccination, preventing disease). Students now know how to prevent and control avian disease common in the area. 3. Agricultural Training: - 45 students participated in a workshop on the value of native corn varieties and learned about the risks of genetically modified corn. - 40 students received training on different organic fertilizers and pest repellents using locally available and renewable resources. - 18 students participated in a workshop on vermiculture (worm composting). Students now know what care is needed for worm farming and understand the advantages of vermicomposting over using expensive chemical fertilizers.