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Well-Being Program Focuses on Creating Sustainable Agriculture

By Jan Hogewoning | Thu, 08/20/2020 - 17:47

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER) has launched a scheme to equip small producers with more business savviness. At the same time, it reports, thousands of youth are learning how to provide technical assistance to producers to create a more sustainable agri-food system. The programs fit into the government’s vision to not only reach the small and most vulnerable producers but also to create systems that are more ecologically sustainable.


Here are the week’s biggest headlines!


Government Programs

Eight thousand youth receiving a scholarship from the Construyendo el Futuro (Building the Future) program are reportedly participating as apprentices in Production para el Bienestar (Production for Well-Being) programs, which aim to provide them with the technical capacities to assist communities in advancing agri-ecological production.

SADER has initiated a financial and business management training scheme for 44,000 small-scale producers around the country. 

Several of these small-scale producers participated in a videoconference titled "Technical Accompaniment Strategy Toward Production for Well-Being and its Youth Building the Future", to discuss the agenda of developing a more sustainable agri-food system.



Shenzen authorities have supposedly detected traces of COVID-19 on frozen chicken wings imported from Brazil. Now, Hong Kong has blocked imports from a chicken plant in Xaxim, Santa Catarina state. The privately owned plant is operated by Brazil’s third-largest chicken and pork processor, Central Cooperativa Aurora Alimentos.  


China-US Trade Talks

China and the US have agreed to hold trade talks in the coming days to evaluate their progress regarding the Phase 1 trade deal that went into effect this February, the Chinese Commerce ministry stated on Thursday. This comes a few days after scheduled talks were canceled and Trump stated he did not wish to discuss the topic at the moment.


Legislative Action Against Fast Food and Soft Drinks

A local MORENA Deputy, Miguel Angel Macedo, has presented an initiative to the Mexico City Congress to prohibit the sale of junk food and soft drinks to minors. Oaxaca and Tabasco have already taken similar steps.


The data used in this article was sourced from:  
SADER, Mexico Business News, El Economista, Reuters
Photo by:   CIAT
Jan Hogewoning Jan Hogewoning Journalist and Industry Analyst