Daniel Buckles

Dr. Daniel Buckles is a Senior Scientist at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in El Batan, Mexico. He was formerly a professional artist, and his current work as an agricultural anthropologist has led him to deal with such topics as the development of sustainable agricultural systems, rural extension and policy analysis for natural resource management. He is a co-founder of the IDRC-funded project in the Sierra de Santa Marta with his co-author Dr. Chevalier and with Dr. Luisa Paré. He has recently completed a study of agricultural innovation entitled The Green Manure Revolution in Atlantic Honduras.

  • A Land Without Gods

    Process Theory, Maldevelopment and the Mexican Nahuas

    By Daniel Buckles and Jacques M. Chevalier     January 1995

    In this theoretically innovative study of maldevelopment and power relations among the Nahuas of southern Veracruz, Chevalier and Buckles explore the impact of Mexico’s cattle ranching and petrochemical industries on milpa agriculture and rainforest environment. They also examine how national politics and economics affect native patterns of patrimonial culture and social organization. In the concluding chapter, an ascetic worldview illustrated through corn god mythology points to meaningful ways of countering current trends of social and ecological impoverishment.