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Sustainable Beekeeping Cooperative Societies: The Case of Mexico City

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Aida Huerta Barrientos*, Alma E. Vera Morales, Laura P. Avila Callejas, Miguel A. Saldaña Cabrera, Eduardo García López, Emiliano Gutiérrez Ayala

Department of Operations Research, Faculty of Engineering, UNAM, 04510, México.

*Corresponding author: Aida Huerta Barrientos


Beekeeping is an activity of great relevance for natural ecosystems with social and economic dimensions. Unfortunately, the practice of beekeeping in Mexico City face challenges as following: the use of outdated technology that leads to low productivity, the poor organization for production and marketing that generates low economic profitability, the marketing controlled by the intermediary which eliminates the sustainable local value chain of honey in which local cooperatives societies participate. In this direction, the purpose of this chapter is to develop a model of socio-cultural innovation, which revalue the beekeeping of Mexico City as a traditional activity of ecological importance and improve its position as a sustainable productive activity of honey with the participation of local cooperatives societies. Firstly, we identify the beekeeping cooperative societies located in Mexico City. Secondly, we characterize the feasible opportunities of marketing of honey and its derivates in the context of Mexico City that leads to revalue the beekeeping as a traditional activity of ecological importance. Thirdly, we analyze the main characteristics of sustainable honey production models. Finally, we characterize a socio-cultural innovation model and integrate it to the cooperative business model for sustainable beekeeping. We consider that the main results of this study contribute to the sustainable development of beekeeping in Mexico City.


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Sustainable Beekeeping Cooperative Societies: The Case of Mexico City

How to cite this paper: Aida Huerta Barrientos, Alma E. Vera Morales, Laura P. Avila Callejas, Miguel A. Saldaña Cabrera, Eduardo García López, Emiliano Gutiérrez Ayala. (2021) Sustainable Beekeeping Cooperative Societies: The Case of Mexico City. International Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture5(1), 76-84.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.26855/ijfsa.2021.03.011

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