The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced new partners for the Flexible Multi-Partner Mechanism for 2022-2025. Mexico’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER) guaranteed dried fruit production for 2021’s end of the year festivities.
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FAO and Resource Partners held talks on Dec. 17 to discuss the next steps for the Flexible Multi-partner Mechanism (FMM), which allows the UN to allocate resources where they are most needed. The UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs) will be backed up by the FMM, as FAO indicates that the mechanism allows for flexibility to focus on the most critical areas. “The continued increase in the number of Resource Partners is evidence of a growing, dynamic and effective Funding Mechanism that can deliver results,” said Qu Dongyu, General Director, FAO. Currently, Australia, Belgium, France, Italy, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland are part of the FMM; Mexico has not joined yet.
SADER reported that producers of the dried fruit guarantee that the supply of peanuts will be enough for end of the year celebrations. “Based on this production evaluation, the federal agency stressed that the supply of dried fruits is guaranteed, which is one of the main protagonists of piñatas and Christmas gifts that are usually enjoyed at the end of the year celebrations,” reads SADER’s press release.
SADER published the new Food and Health Safety Program for 2022, which is aligned with the 2019-2024 National Development Plan and aims to ensure food self-sufficiency for the Mexican countryside. “The resources for sanitation will be applied in areas or regions of the country that require measures to contribute to the protection, maintenance or improvement of sanitary and safety conditions of agricultural production,” reads a SADER press release. The program’s main priorities focus on developing a just, healthy and sustainable agri-food and nutritional system through the increase in production of healthy, safe food. The program also addresses the responsible use of soil and water and the inclusion of sectors that have been historically segregated.