ABE grad Tania Martinez in now working on her Ph.D. at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. Check out this article highlighting Tania and how she is working to improve the lives of indidenous farmers.
Three years ago, before Tania Eulalia Martínez left Mexico to pursue a doctorate in Holland,her Abuelita Eulalia had one request: “Take this shawl with you. I want you to tell those who live over there, in that other world, who we are, how we live, and what we do. Take it so that you can remember us, so that you don’t forget us.” But what the late Eulalia may not have realized at the time is that Tania’s studies would bring her closer to the Mixe community. As she pursues a Ph.D. at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, Tania’s devoted to improving the lives of Mexico’s indigenous populations.
'I feel committed to giving something back to my country, and the area where I can do it is in the agricultural sector,' she said. 'The technical background is important, but so are the social aspects. I want to help agricultural projects reach more people who have been marginalized, and to do so, I have to better understand the social and cultural contexts in which these projects take place. I want not just to create technologies and techniques to solve problems, but to understand the lives of indigenous peoples and farmers, so I can be more efficient as a scientist in helping them. I am an engineer learning to be a social scientist.' [Read more...]"