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Rural Agricultural Development Program Benefits Low Income Communities in Mexico

LADB Article ID: 80324
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2017-06-21
By: Carlos Navarro

The Mexican government, with the assistance of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), continues to move forward with an agricultural development program to help reduce food insecurity in low-income communities in Mexico, particularly those in rural areas. The program, known as the Proyecto Estratégico para la Seguridad Alimentaria (PESA), was introduced to Mexico in 2002 as a pilot project. The first expansion occurred in 2007 and 2008, with increased attention focused on 24 poverty-stricken regions in Chiapas, Guerrero, and Oaxaca states. In 2011, the government launched a new, intense effort to expand the initiative, with support from SAGARPA, the rural development ministry (Secretaría de Desarrollo Rural y Equidad para las Comunidades, SEDEREC), and the FAO. Mexico’s commitment to intensify support for PESA in 2011 came on the same year that the Mexican Congress approved changes to Articles 4 and 27 of the Constitution to make access to ample, quality food a basic right. PESA, which is part of a global initiative that the FAO launched in 1994, has received rave reviews and tangible results, even though its impact is much smaller and much more concentrated than President Enrique Peña Nieto’s ambitious anti-hunger campaign, the Cruzada Nacional Contra el Hambre

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