With Foodex Coming Up, Food Safety Takes the SpotlightBy Sofía Hanna | Thu, 07/15/2021 - 14:13
This week, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER) discussed the opportunities Foodex will open to Mexican businesses. Also, Quintana Roo’s is becoming key to Mexico’s agriculture and introducing new plans to support producers. Finally, the UN published a report on world hunger, giving suggestions to address this pressing problem.
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- Government institutions are planning to represent the Mexican Pavilion at Foodex 2022, one of the most important events for the agribusiness industry in the Asia-Pacific region. The event will be held in March 2022 in Chiba, Japan, where more than 50,000 food and beverage buyers from China, South Korea, Singapore, Australia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and Japan are expected to attend. Víctor Villalobos Arámbula, Minister of SADER, said Foodex represents an opportunity to resume trade activities and take advantage of the opportunities the Asian market offers Mexican growers. The minister assured that it is essential to support the country’s exports to Japan and East Asia. This is why SADER, and the CNA have taken actions to benefit the production chains of the agribusiness sector. SADER reports that Mexico is one of the Top 10 food exporters. Participation in events such as Foodex seeks to consolidate its position and achieve a more significant presence in the world’s most dynamic markets.
- The UN’s “The year of the pandemic, dominated by a rebound in world hunger” report shows that Mexico had an economic downturn driven by climate-related disasters. For Mexico to transform its food systems, the country needs to develop an inter-sectoral approach. The report acknowledges that Mexico is making efforts to face the current crisis thanks to its “community-based forest management project designed to address and overcome problems linked to deforestation and forest degradation in rural communities of marginalized forest areas in Campeche, Chiapas and Oaxaca.” In its report, the UN also highlights the project CADENA in Mexico, which has scaled up smallholder access to agricultural insurance and promotes the engagement of the private insurance sector in small-scale agriculture and provides insurance coverage for a wide variety of climate-related risks.
- The Minister of Agriculture, Víctor Villalobos Arámbula, met with cattle ranchers and sugarcane, citrus, bee and aquaculture producers from Mexico’s southeast to discuss strategies to make the region a food-producing powerhouse. Quintana Roo has gained attention thanks to its annual production of 2.195 million tons of food. During the meeting, SADER committed to give the state its technical and technological support to unleash its productive potential.
- Víctor Suárez Carrera, the Deputy Minister of Food Self-Sufficiency of SADER, said that the ministry was doing everything in its power to promote sustainable practices and promote food self-sufficiency. He reiterated that while current policies are inclusive, the ministry is prioritizing small and medium scale producers. Suárez stressed that “For previous administrations, the small production unit had to disappear; there was a deliberate policy against peasant agriculture and social ownership of land. The government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador considers, instead, that these small production units have the capacity to feed Mexico.”