• This was proposed in the budget package for next year, the president declared.
• We wish to encourage productive models that are more profitable, better organized, and not only enable production on-farm consumption, but also make it possible to create a surplus, he said.
• Thirty-four months into this administration, 4.5 million Mexicans are already benefiting from various programs that allow them to ensure their food every day, he said.
• The president led the commemoration of World Food Day and the International Day of Rural Women.
• The world acknowledges that Mexico has played a leading role in building a sustainable development agenda in 2030, whose primary objectives include the eradication of hunger and extreme poverty and achieving food security: FAO
As part of the commemoration of World Food Day and the International Day of Rural Women, President Enrique Peña Nieto reported today that the budget package for next year he submitted to Congress proposes a specific program to encourage and support productive projects in rural areas.
He said that in different parts of the country, some people grow crops for on-farm consumption on small plots of land. "What we want to promote it are models for productive projects that are more profitable, better organized and not only permit production for on-farm consumption, but also surpluses that allow them to have a larger income,” he said.
He said that this is a development model which, together with others that are being promoted, “Will allow us to combat extreme poverty, achieve greater food security for our country, and above all promote conditions of greater prosperity for Mexican families.”
He said that the challenge ahead is, “To boost the productivity of the countryside, ensure that families living in the countryside can produce more for themselves and have surpluses.”
The president said, "We have focussed on several fronts to work in the extreme poverty suffered by millions of Mexicans," since the beginning of this administration. He stressed that, “The most sensitive aspect of poverty is precisely the extreme poverty that leads to a highly sensitive variable: food shortages.”
To date, he said, "34 months into this administration, we can now say that 4.5 million Mexicans are already benefiting from various programs that allow them to ensure a daily food supply. Today, through various programs, we have ensured that people have a daily food supply.”
Among these programs, he highlighted Community Kitchens, "where the organized community works to ensure that pregnant women, the elderly and children can have food every day.”
"There are over eight thousand community kitchens throughout the country; eight thousand community kitchens ensuring that more Mexicans have access to food,” he said.
The president declared that in the government, “We will continue to specifically promote the National Crusade against Hunger, which has been a social policy of the state to ensure food supplies for Mexican families.”
He added that Mexico’s successful experiences will be shared, “So that Mesoamerica and Central America can also have access these programs.” He said that FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) will be asked to accompany these efforts and support to ensure that the design of programs, “Is effective in scope, on the basis of the experiences this international organization can share with us regarding what has been done elsewhere in the world.”
“We want to be FAO’s permanent allies in a shared objective: ensure food for our people so that they can be more productive, democratize productivity throughout the country, and thereby ensure conditions of greater well-being and higher incomes for Mexican families,” he explained.
The president declared that, “With the commitment and teamwork in the government, we will reverse the conditions of poverty in the whole country.
”Today we are organized so that the concurrent, converging work from different government branches, together with the efforts of other levels of government, will enable us to achieve greater efficiency in the scope of the programs that we are dedicating to alleviate poverty,” he added.
President Peña Nieto said that this municipality, San Felipe del Progreso, has made the greatest progress in extreme poverty reduction, among the five in the country that have been evaluated to measure poverty levels, and the ways they have taken actions to decrease it, especially extreme poverty.”
He reported that in San Felipe del Progreso poverty decreased by almost 19 points from 43.4 to 24.7 percent. This was, he said, “Thanks to the participation of its women, men, and community. It is what has enabled us to achieve this progress in reducing extreme poverty.”
At the event, the president delivered support and resources to beneficiaries in the municipality of San Felipe del Progreso.
FAO HIGHLIGHTS POVERTY REDUCTION IN MEXICO DUE TO THE PROSPERA PROGRAM
FAO Representative in Mexico Fernando Agustín Soto Baquero informed President Peña Nieto that the director general of the organization José Graziano da Silva, “Had wanted to be here with us today to see the achievements of National Crusade Against Hunger, which he predicted would be successful on his visit here two years ago.”
He said that the world acknowledges that Mexico has played a leading role in building a sustainable development agenda in 2030, whose its primary objectives include the eradication of hunger and extreme poverty and achieving food security, as well as better nutrition and promoting sustainable agriculture.
He noted that the State of the World Food and Agriculture report, published yesterday by FAO, cites the Prospera Program as an example in reducing the number of poor among its beneficiaries and substantially improving their nutrition status. This means that it can be done, and that we must persist and continue, he said.
He stressed that food security can be built from the bottom up from each family, community and territory, boosting local markets where there is purchasing power, which must now be supplied from a great distance away.
Declaring that the legal and institutional framework needed for this construction is underway, Soto Baquero said that the Chamber of Deputies has approved a bill on the human right to food, currently awaiting approval in the Senate.
The FAO representative said that social inclusion is the backbone of development in President Peña Nieto’s government, and on behalf of this United Nations agency made a double request: first, to technically accompany, under his leadership and that of his Cabinet, the policies and programs whose common goal is to improve the productivity of small farmers and eradicate hunger and extreme poverty. “In this task, FAO wishes to make the best experiences in the world available to your government.”
And second, “The opportunity to join the achievement of the national goal of your government, to achieve a Mexico with global responsibility, by helping to take, through South-South cooperation, Mexico’s enormous experience to other countries in the region and the world, particularly in support of your government’s initiative: For a Mesoamerica without Hunger.”
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 20 YEARS, EXPORTS FROM THE MEXICAN COUNTRYSIDE HAVE EXCEEDED IMPORTS: JOSÉ CALZADA ROVIROSA
José Eduardo Calzada Rovirosa, Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food, said that for the first time in 20 years, exports from the Mexican countryside have exceeded imports, and that the countryside produces 69 percent of the grains and oilseeds consumed in the country.
“These are important figures. International organizations say that we should produce 75 percent. We are very close. That should be Mexico’s commitment by 2020,” he said.
He recalled that Mexico is the world’s third largest lime producer, the main avocado producer and the leading producer of tomatoes.
He considered, therefore, “That we are making progress. We undoubtedly have many issues to resolve, particularly as regards those who live in the countryside and in rural areas, who need more support from the Federal Government.”
He said that is what President Enrique Peña Nieto has instructed, and, “We will therefore do our work carefully. We ask you to trust us. We are working 100% to improve our people's lives.”
THE NATIONAL CRUSADE AGAINST HUNGER IS YIELDING RESULTS FOR THE BENEFIT OF PEOPLE WHO NEED IT MOST: ERUVIEL ÁVILA
Eruviel Ávila, Governor of the State of Mexico and President of the National Conference of Governors (CONAGO), informed President Enrique Peña Nieto of the recognition of country’s state leaders, because the National Crusade against Hunger strategy, “Is already yielding concrete results for the benefit of people who need it most.”
He said that hunger and malnutrition are realities that concern everyone, and Mexico is no exception. Consequently, two years ago, the president promoted the National Crusade against Hunger, which he said, is “an unprecedented effort.”
He announced that, “Today, among the beneficiaries of the Crusade, lack of access to food fell from 100 to 42.5 percent. In other words, in a couple of years nearly 6 in 10 people served by the Crusade stopped having food shortages.”
Moreover, he added, social shortages were reduced, such as access to health, which fell from 30.3 percent to 8.2 percent.
For example, he said, in San Felipe del Progreso, food poverty fell by 6 percent and extreme food poverty by 19 per cent, according to CONEVAL.
He therefore told President Enrique Peña Nieto, “Today I wish to announce that the country’s governors, will continue to support the National Crusade against Hunger, particularly in the State of Mexico.”
He said that, “We have 70 programs aligned with the national strategy. We have invested over 3.4 billion pesos in food programs to support rural women and the people who need it most.”
FOOD IS PRODUCED IN MEXICAN FIELDS AND WE ARE PROUD TO CONTRIBUTE TO OUR COUNTRY’S FOOD: LIZBETH REYES
Lizbeth Reyes Sanchez, a Mazahua indigenous woman and entrepreneur, who, together with four other women, breeds and fattens pigs, thanked President Peña Nieto for the support that allowed them to start their production project as a result of advice and training from the National Commission for the Development of Indigenous Peoples.
Telling her story as an entrepreneur, Lizbeth said that at the beginning it was not easy to make ends meet but that things are now going well: "Today I say this with pride, we have five permanent and eleven temporary employees. Work dignifies the lives of women and people.”
“We know that food is produced in Mexican fields and we are proud to contribute to our country’s food,” she said, adding that they work, “To feed our communities. We are going to work for Mexico,” she concluded by saying.