Determinants of Smallholder Maintenance of Crop Diversity in Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains

Zachary A. Goldberg, Bronwen Powell, Abderrahim Ouarghidi

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Smallholder farmers are important managers of global crop diversity. However, agricultural modernization is changing farming practices and raising questions about the socio-ecological factors that support crop diversity. In the context of the semi-arid High Atlas Mountains in Morocco, we explored determinants of crop diversity through a cross-sectional survey and farmer interviews in villages adopting new crops such as apples. Through a multiple linear regression analysis and farmer interviews, we found that market participation, land holdings, and water access influenced crop diversity. We highlight the importance of water access for crop diversity, especially in semi-arid regions with uneven hydrological resources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)453-465
Number of pages13
JournalHuman Ecology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology
  • Anthropology
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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