Modeling Sustainable Agriculture Practices in Guatemala

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Modeling Sustainable Agriculture Practices in Guatemala

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Research Question

How to manage phosphorus pollution from agriculture operations and community effluent in the Lake Atitlan region of Guatemala to insure regional environmental and farm income sustainability?

Significance

There has been recent international concern over resulting eutrophication regarding agricultural and municipal run-off from the roughly 14 communities that border the lake.

Methods Used

Investigation of this issue requires an interdisciplinary approach as well as collaboration between UW and our partner Universidad de Valle in Guatemala to conduct watershed management and hydrological analysis. This project involves graduate students in the Agriculture and Applied Economics Department, which has shaped both community and sustainable development practices.

Conclusions/Outcomes

Results will have important economic and environmental implications for the region, while providing data for a grant opportunity focusing on watershed management, agricultural best practices, and community development across the developing world.

Publication Date

2014

Department

Agricultural Economics

Disciplines

Agricultural Economics

Modeling Sustainable Agriculture Practices in Guatemala

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