Agricultural Sustainability Takes the SpotlightBy Sofía Hanna | Thu, 07/29/2021 - 16:01
This week, SADER recognized Mexican coffee growers in the Cup of Excellence 2021 Contest, which aimed to promote and sustain coffee crops. Also, pig farms in Yucatan faced backlash given their location and environmental impact. FAO held a forum to convey the importance of sharing sustainable practices in the field. Finally, an MBN Expert contributor discussed the value of markets and suggested a model to structure inclusive Multi-Sectoral Social and Business Development based on the Triple Helix.
Interested in more? Here are the week’s major headlines in Agribusiness!
- SADER and Mexican institutions recognized several coffee growers during the Cup of Excellence 2021 Contest, which aims to promote the high-grade quality of Mexican coffee and highlight the country’s top international standards. This was the eighth edition of the contest and held 187 coffee tastings. The 30 winners were mainly small-scale producers, both with traditional and resilient varieties, with different types of processing and a high degree of specialization. This is one of the government’s policies to promote and sustain coffee crops.
- Yucatan has given the green light to one of the three pig farms that operate in Mayan indigenous communities. The controversy around these farms started when children from indigenous communities protested their ongoing construction in an area known as the “Cenote Ring,” which are considered natural landmarks. Communities argued that the lack of appropriate waste processing facilities at these farms meant that pollution of these reservoirs was inevitable and extremely hazardous to the state’s water supply since 70 percent of such supply is sourced from these reservoirs. Currently, 257 pig farms are running in the state of Yucatan; only 22 of them have the environmental impact assessment required by law.
- The agricultural sector needs science and new knowledge to generate greater productivity and sustainability. “Climate change is creating more difficulties in food production due to extreme weather conditions such as droughts, floods and major fires around the world,” wrote FAO. Part of the problem comes from the food people consume and the way it is made. Science and knowledge in agricultural fields could help reduce food uncertainty during the pandemic. Víctor Villalobos Arámbula, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, mentioned that tools and knowledge need to be readily available to farmers to overcome problems and produce food more efficiently. But for this to be possible, the sector needs support from organizations such as FAO since knowledge transfer is more difficult at the moment.
- Alberto Pineda, Vice President of the Board of Directors at Unión de Crédito del Soconusco and an MBN Expert Contributor, discussed the Mexican internal market and its value. The pandemic arose an urgent need to generate a forceful counter-cyclical response as soon as possible, which according to Pineda was structured with the Inclusive Model of Management and Multi-sectoral Social and Business Development based on the Triple Helix. The model integrated five basic ideas: strengthening the internal market, establishing the internationalization model, ensuring competitiveness in the advantageous sectors, carrying out financial liaison under preferential conditions for social and business groups and generating multi-sectoral benefits.