Naam TE Martinez Cruz

OmschrijvingExterne medewerker
OrganisatieDepartement Maatschappijwetenschappen
OrganisatieeenheidKennis, Technologie and Innovatie
OrganisatieDepartement Maatschappijwetenschappen
OrganisatieeenheidKennis, Technologie and Innovatie
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She is a Mixe indigenous woman from Oaxaca, Mexico.

She holds a BSc. in Irrigation Engineering from Chapingo Autonomous University (UACh) in Mexico. She specialised on wastewater treatment, sludge and reuse in Agriculture. She did a topography study in two indigenous communities for projecting the main lines of a sanitary and drinkable water system.

From 2008 to 2010, she worked as a research assistant, consultant and irrigation specialist for the UACh and a private company. She participated as an irrigation specialist and logistics coordinator for the “Irrigation technology transfer project” in Mexico. Here she developed an interest on the social aspects of technology driven interventions and agricultural policy.

In 2010, she was the first indigenous Fulbright awardee in Mexico for graduate studies in the U.S. She pursued a MSc. in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at the University of Arizona specializing in water management and biofuels production. Her research focussed in: 1. Developing crop coefficients based on the GDD concept vs photosensitivity and testing different planting/harvest dates for sweet sorghum; 2. The effect of water stress on bioethanol production and 3. An inter-variety comparison of different sweet sorghum cultivars.

Since 2012, she has worked in international development as a consultant for NGOs like the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (Agricultural Extension and ICT4D), Value for Women (Social Inclusion Specialist), and the Oversees Development Institute (Translator) for different projects in Latin America.

In 2013, she was awarded a scholarship to do her PhD at Knowledge, Technology and Innovation Group at Wageningen University and in collaboration with the Socioeconomics Program at CIMMYT. She looks at mechanisms of continuity/discontinuity in technology driven interventions being Conservation Agriculture, Native Maize and ICT4Ag initiatives and their articulation with MasAgro Program her case studies.

She describes herself an engineer learning to be social scientist that looks through the eyes of an indigenous woman. She is recognised for her advocacy on the role and value of traditional knowledge to tackle global problems such as food security, climate change and social justice while respecting the right for self-determination of indigenous peoples.  She also advocates for the role Youth in Agriculture. She spoke about those issues at the 'Landscape Talks' at the Global Landscapes Forum in Bonn in 2019; the 1st High-Level Expert Seminar on Indigenous Food Systems at the FAO in Rome in 2018; and in the Women in Science panel in the Peace Summit in Guatemala in 2018 and the "Agribusiness: the seed of the future" in the 4th Youth Summit of the Pacific Alliance Governments in June 2019.

She combines her PhD with other activities such as giving conferences to motivate children and youth, especially those in vulnerable situations (migration, indigenous peoples, girls, minorities in general), to see education as a mean to transform their world and realities. She also promotes awareness on socio-cultural differentiation and against discrimination and gender violence. She is always happy to collaborate with NGOs who are willing to support the minorities and undeserved people, especially if they are related to access to education.

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  Tania Eulalia Martinez Cruz op ResearchGate



PhD project
Tracking the agricultural intervention of MasAgro (Sustainable Modernization of Traditional Agriculture) in Mexico PhD Tania Martinez Cruz

C. Leeuwis, C. Almekinders (1-10-2013 - 1-10-2017) 


Present-Jan 2020 . PhD candidate. Knowledge Technology and Innovation Group. Wageningen School of Social Sciences, Wageningen University. Thesis Project: The making of an agricultural intervention, the making of MasAgro.

July 2019. Workshop in Critical Agrarian Studies and Scholar-Activism, Journal of Peasant Sudies-China Agricultural University. Beijin, China.

May, 2014. STEPS Summer School (Summer School on pathways to sustainability). Institute for Development Studies. University of Sussex. Brighton, UK.

2010-2012. M.S. in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering. University of Arizona. Tucson, Arizona. USA. GPA 3.72/4.0. Thesis Project: The effect of water stress on sweet sorghum, a bioethanol crop, and the development of crop coefficients.

2004-2008. B.S. in Irrigation Engineering. Universidad Autonoma Chapingo, Texcoco, Estado de Mexico. Mexico. 3/54 class rank. Thesis Project: Treatment and characterization of sludge and its application in Agriculture.

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