Jasmine Aguilar

Ashoka Fellow
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Fellow Since 1993


This profile was prepared when Jasmine Aguilar was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1993.
The New Idea
Since the mid-1980s, there has been a proliferation of citizens' organizations in Mexico that work to improve the living conditions in Mexico's poor farming communities. There are more than 500 regional farming organizations alone. Jasmine Aguilar has experienced firsthand the frustration faced by local advisers who often work in isolation one another and find themselves reinventing programs without the benefit of one another's data or track records. By developing an effective system for assessing the success of community-based programs in the farming sector, she is developing a training dimension for their work and generally strengthening civil society in Mexico.
Jasmine coordinates input from farming organizations, other citizens' organizations, academics, consultants and government officials to systematize and disseminate their experiences in rural development. In this manner, not only will the farmers and other advisers be able to avoid repeating one another's mistakes, but they will also be able to make use of successful or innovative ideas and help establish long-term cooperative strategies for entire regions.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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