SADER to Make Mexican Agriculture Sector More SustainableBy Sofía Hanna | Mon, 01/24/2022 - 16:10
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER) is working toward a different vision of land use that will make Mexico’s agricultural sector more sustainable and able to reap long-term benefits. These changes include the dissemination of scientific and technological knowledge to strengthen good practices and avoid bad ones.
SADER announced that this new path for the agricultural sector will be achieved through a joint effort with the new Inter-American Congress of Soil, Water and Agrobiodiversity and the Mexican Association of Secretaries of Agricultural Development (AMSDA). Its goal is to make 2022 the best year for the Mexican countryside, said Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Víctor Villalobos Arámbula. “We have to take advantage of the best historical conditions we have to develop the sector and assume leadership with the correct application of resources, without corruption and with the aim of improving the living conditions of our producers. We have achieved an excellent and well-known working group, there have never been better relations with state governments than now, so we have to put everything on our side.”
FAO and CIMMYT had previously warned of the precarious state in which the world’s land and water resources currently find themselves and urged the world to improve the conservation practices of these two resources. The worsening state of the planet’s soil, land and water resources poses a mounting problem in feeding a world population that is projected to climb to almost 10 billion people by 2050. Food prices are also skyrocketing. On average, 2021’s food prices were 28.1 percent higher than the previous year. Acute hunger also grew that year and will continue to do so, raising the costs of avoiding famine in the world.
The Inter-American Congress on Soil, Water and Agrobiodiversity was established recently to help strengthen the integration and dissemination of scientific and technological knowledge on these three resources, as previously reported by MBN. AMSDA reviews existing practices in the agri-food sector to strengthen institutional collaboration.