Aquaculture, other Strategies to Fight Food ProblemsBy Sofía Hanna | Thu, 10/14/2021 - 15:06
This week, Ross Gordon explained that the world needs to focus on aquaculture to meet the food demands of the present and future. FAO opened a dialogue on the importance of preventive actions in the food sector to avoid catastrophes. Finally, Japan highlighted its potential as one of Mexico’s strategic partners as it is the main market for Mexican food in the Asia-Pacific.
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- Ross Gordon, CEO of Aquaculture Advisory, discussed the importance of aquaculture and the sustainability and investment benefits it can bring to the table. The demand for food is set to increase by 50 percent by 2030, so food production must also increase. Furthermore, climate change is making consistently good agricultural production a challenge, placing more pressure than ever on food systems. Mexico’s healthy coastlines, skilled workforce and access to foreign markets make the country an ideal location for aquaculture. The country has the potential to become a leader in sustainable food production on the world stage.
- FAO held the "From reaction to prevention: preventive action against food crises" dialogue to discuss the actions necessary to help save lives and money by avoiding food crises. The COVID-19 pandemic has added to existing threats such as pests, conflicts and climate change, exacerbating the global food crisis and increasing the sense of urgency. FAO noted that preventing food crises was cost-effective but required joint efforts that should go beyond mere natural hazards and include the risks of conflict. Preventive measures can lessen future hits.
- The Deputy Minister of Food Self-Sufficiency of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER), Víctor Suárez Carrera, said that he is considering changing the regulatory framework of food systems. “There can be no transformation of food systems without the transformation of their global regulatory framework. This is to be done to make food systems democratic, fair, healthy, sustainable, competitive and based on human rights,” he commented.
- Japan is the main market for Mexican food in the Asia-Pacific region and one of its top three markets worldwide. During the virtual workshop of the Mexico Pavilion at Foodex Japan 2022, representatives from Mexico stated that exports from the agri-food and fishing sector to Japan would reach between US$1.3 billion and US$1.35 billion this year. The country still has areas of opportunity to export fresh fruits such as pineapple, mango and banana, as well as dairy products. Local producers could also take advantage of preferential tariffs for national companies.