Efficiency, Social Inclusion to Boost AgricultureBy María Fernanda Barría | Tue, 04/06/2021 - 14:51
Efficiency and social inclusion were the central themes of the virtual meeting held recently between Víctor Villalobos, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, and Lina Pohl, FAO Representative in Mexico. The purpose of the meeting was to develop a work plan to contribute to economic improvement in the post-pandemic period. Villalobos and Pohl reviewed the technological and financial recommendations presented by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture, the World Bank, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center and the International Fund for Agricultural Development.
“The willingness to work with a group of national and international agencies is of great value in meeting the challenges and achieving better results in the agribusiness sector. Despite the pandemic, the sector has demonstrated its importance in food supply,” Villalobos said in a press release.The program presented by both institutions includes the reactivation of production chains. In addition, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER) will support new investment schemes that have a positive impact on production, the economy and the environment.
Villalobos and Pohl said that they are working on the design of a public policy document to promote the country’s agro-industrial sector. Pohl also indicated that FAO is working on improving production systems, an analysis of the maize and bean value chains, information management, investment scenarios and access to financing. Villalobos said that through cooperation, it will be possible to determine a better diagnosis of the agricultural industry. The plan promotes public-private investment with programs such as Production for Well-Being, Fertilizers for Well-Being and Guaranteed Prices.
According to SADER, agricultural and food systems are crucial to Mexico’s development, as they facilitate economic development, urbanization, economic stability and reduce hunger and poverty. As previously reported by MBN, small producers in the rural sector have a leading role in the 2019-2024 National Development Plan. According to FAO, small and medium producers generate more than 60 percent of contracted employment and are holders and guarantors of agro-biodiversity. “To overcome the next challenges posed by the pandemic, it is essential that the countryside continues to work to ensure food security in Mexico,” Villalobos added.