Francisco Remolina

Ashoka Fellow
Puerto Morelos Quintana Roo, Mexico
Fellow Since 1997


This profile was prepared when Francisco Remolina was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1997.
The New Idea
As part of a regional sustainable development program in the Mayan communities of Quintana Roo, Paco Remolina has designed multiple strategies to better manage local wild flora and fauna. At the core of this program is his work to domesticate the white-tailed deer in the backyards of the indigenous Mayan families under the direct care of women and the elderly.
The importance of deer to the Mayan culture and to the region's development manifests itself on many levels. The deer have significant reproductive capacity and are in great demand as a source of food and for traditional ceremonies (in the Mayan wedding tradition, the deer is an important form of sacrifice). Moreover, the white-tailed deer have potential value for the local tourist trade.
For the first time in Mexico, Paco has achieved complete domestication of the white-tailed deer through simple economically viable animal husbandry methods appropriate to the conditions of rural Mayan communities and using the limited plots of land available to the families of these communities. In particular, Paco is using the deer domestication so that women (who make the economic decisions in the Mayan family) and the elderly (who are, economically, the most vulnerable) have alternative means for survival.
The Problem
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