The Food and Agriculture
Organization (FAO) has been fighting hunger and malnutrition for more
than 70 years. Mexico is one of the organization’s 36 member countries.
SAGARPA head, José Calzada, was unanimously
elected to chair the 34th FAO Regional Conference for Latin America and the
Caribbean (LARC34) for the 2016-17 term.
Miguel Ruiz Cabanas said, "because
of their similar principles and interests, collaboration between Mexico and FAO
(#UNFAO) has been strong and ongoing. This can be seen in the joint programs
that have been promoted by visits from Mexico’s presidents to FAO headquarters,
notably President Peña Nieto’s visit in June of 2015, and the fact that Mexico
has hosted three regional conferences (1960, 2000 and 2016).”
To improve the conditions of the
vulnerable population in Latin America and the Caribbean, Mexico and FAO agreed
on complementary social programs. FAO has recognized Mexico’s efforts and
results in eradicating hunger and reducing poverty in rural areas.
LARC 34, inaugurated by President
Peña Nieto, is important because it is the FAO’s governing body in our
region. Agriculture ministers and other officials of the member countries
will set the priorities for the next two years in food security. They will
also discuss the challenges involved in transforming agriculture; cooperation
to achieve our food goals; the sustainable use of natural resources, risk
management and adaptation to climate change.
At the meeting, FAO Director General Graziano
da Silva said, "hunger is associated with other deficiencies that can only
be addressed in a cross-cutting manner.”