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SADER is Seeding Rain to Alleviate Droughts in the Mexican North

By Sofía Garduño | Thu, 07/07/2022 - 08:31

Droughts and international conflicts are challenging the agribusiness sector, but the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER) is introducing initiatives to seed clouds and promote rain. Meanwhile, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is supporting a Japanese project that aims to allow Ukrainian farmers to recover the harvest.


Experts advocate for resilience and ethical supply chains to achieve agricultural goals and promote shared values.


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SADER Seeds Clouds to Increase Rain

The SADER is seeding clouds with silver iodide to precipitate rain in Chihuahua, Sinaloa and Sonora. These states reported significant precipitation, which will help the agriculture and cattle ranch sector to overcome the challenges caused by droughts. Read the full story here


Resilience: A Condition for Strengthening Agriculture’s Future

Economic, environmental and health obstacles are hampering the goal to end hunger by 2030. To increase food security it is necessary to strengthen agricultural resilience and sustainability, empower farmers and use new technologies, writes Ana Claudia Cerasoli, President Meso-Andean Region, Corteva Agriscience, on MBN.  “Both the public and private sectors need to make the necessary investments in innovation to reduce hunger on a global scale.” Read her article here.


FAO Foresees Food Access Crisis

The FAO announced that the world is at serious risk of suffering a food access crisis during the next season. “We must prevent the acceleration of acute food insecurity trends in the coming months and years,” said QU Dongyu, Director General, FAO. He invited the international community to expand food production, strengthen supply and value chains and protect livelihoods, agrifood systems and economies against future shocks. Dongyu also highlighted that cash and critical inputs are needed for cereal and vegetable production.


A Japan-funded Project to Help Ukrainian Farmers

The Ukraine war has impacted the global agricultural sector. For that reason, FAO is supporting a Japan-funded project that aims to help Ukrainian farmers save the upcoming harvest and ensure the export of critical agricultural goods. “Within the new Japan-funded project, FAO will address storage deficit by providing the polyethylene grain sleeves, grain loading and unloading machinery to the smallholders and a variety of modular storage containers to the medium-sized producers and associations,” says Rein Paulsen, Director of the Office of Emergencies and Resilience, FAO.


Toward Ethical Supply Chains to Promote a Shared Value

As of March 2022, the agricultural and agro-industrial trade balance registered a surplus, becoming the fifth-largest positive balance in 28 years. To maintain the positive figures, the industry needs collaboration among independent growers, harvesters, grocers and everyone in-between, said Miguel Ángel Curiel, Vice President and General Manager, Drsicoll’s Mexico. Read his contribution to MBN here



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Sofía Garduño Sofía Garduño Journalist & Industry Analyst