Mexican Sustainability Turning Essential by the MinuteBy Sofía Hanna | Thu, 10/07/2021 - 18:32
This week in Agribusiness & Food, Mexico reports its advancements in the agricultural sector that will help the country facilitate and coordinate its 2030 sustainable goals. The British Embassy in Mexico, WWF and the Tec de Monterrey are working in unison to help Mexico reach sustainable goals by 2050. Hunger for the period 2021-2024 is being discussed between FAO and Mexico to find alternatives and solutions and to avoid a worse situation. Finally, aquaculture is contributing to eradicate world hunger, nevertheless, it needs more investment and development.
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Mexico recently reported its improvements in its agricultural practices and promoted agroforestry, agroecological systems and the reduction of agricultural fires, indicated the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER) and the National Commission of Protected Areas (CONANP) during the Remtech Europe conference. The mechanisms being developed include various internal coordination mechanisms in the agricultural, aquaculture and fishing sectors, according to Ortiz García. These mechanisms facilitate Mexico’s coordinated contribution to several SDGs, particularly those pertaining to eradicate hunger, achieving food security, improving nutrition and promoting sustainable agriculture. In addition, these mechanisms promote sustainable consumption and production patterns and actions to adopt urgent measures to combat climate change and its effects. While Mexico has taken the initiative on multiple occasions on matters regarding climate change, it needs to continue promoting investment projects in the agricultural, fishing and aquaculture sectors, mainly in the country’s southeast region, since it is an area with high productive potential.
The British Embassy in Mexico, WWF, Tec de Monterrey and other allied organizations gathered local leaders to work together and achieve climate goals by 2050. “We have to lead transformational actions. It is not just about small changes but about really decoupling our economic growth from carbon emissions. The signatories commit to establish a Climate Action Plan with clear science-based objectives, to show local climate action immediately, and to report progress at least once a year, through platforms that are incorporated into the Global Climate Action Portal of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). We need action in all sectors and from all actors in society”, explained the director of WWF Mexico, Jorge Rickards.
The Mexican Chamber of Deputies reinstates the Parliamentary Front against Hunger for the period 2021-2024. The FPH of Mexico was created in 2011 and brings together legislators from both Houses of Congress and representatives of government institutions and civil society organizations. To date, it has promoted multiple legislative actions linked to the transformation of food systems to make them healthier, more inclusive and more sustainable. “The laws on the protection of native corn, food labeling and access to water promoted by the Parliamentary Front against Hunger of Mexico have been an example for the rest of the world,” said Jairo Flores, General Coordinator of the Parliamentary Front against Hunger of Latin America and the Caribbean.
FAO says that aquaculture is essential to meet the growing demand for food. “Aquaculture production will continue to grow, but the benefits of this growth must be equitable and distributed fairly,” said the QU, noting at the same time the need to further develop “the human, social, cultural and economic dimensions of aquaculture.” Aquaculture is essential to feeding the world’s growing population and the Conference is examining a range of issues and opportunities ranging from traditional family farming in communities vulnerable to cutting edge technology. The topics to be discussed at the Conference are innovation, genetic resources, biosecurity, the social and human dimension, value chains and access to markets. World fish consumption has increased by 122 percent since 1990 and today, Aquaculture accounts for more than 50 percent of current fish consumption. This percentage is expected to rise above 60 percent over the next decade. However, the impact of climate crisis and disruptions to production and consumption caused by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has created challenges related to the pace of growth and expansion of the sector.