Mexican farmers trained on resilient farming practices to help them face COVID crisis
ALBERTO AZCARATE VARELA
THE BAJA POST/NEWSROOM
Due to the effectiveness of its sustainable, clean and healthy production, traditional agroecological systems constitute effective options to face the challenges that will arise from the pandemic generated by COVID-19, and guarantee the healthy and balanced diet proposed in the Sustainable Development Goals.
Specialists pointed out the above when participating in the Satares Symposium. Highly Resilient Traditional Agri-Food Systems, with which the Seminar Agroecosystems: food, biodiversity and resilience concluded, organized by the Ministry of Environment in coordination with the Autonomous University of Chapingo, within the framework of the 8th. International Congress and 22nd National Agronomic Congress.
Arturo Argueta Villamar, Undersecretary of Environmental Planning and Policy, affirmed that knowledge of native cultures can be key to the challenge of food insecurity and that in 2019 it affected 750 million people in the world, according to recent data from the United Nations for Food and Agriculture (FAO).
During the closing of the meeting, which was shared from Semarnat’s Facebook page 3,137 times and reproduced up to 221,260 times over two months, the federal official described this seminar as successful by bringing together two fundamental elements: it was shared and there was dialogue.
Thanks to this, he explained, it was possible to advance in the process of highly resilient agroecological systems and also led to the development of an important discipline such as agroecology, a Latin American contribution to the world that should be given the greatest attention during the United Nations Decade. of Family Farming 2019-2028.
Sharing his experience in this last session, Iván Román, Creole cocoa producer from Soconusco, highlighted the benefits of this traditional crop of the Mocaya (corn town), since its production requires a highly diversified agroforestry system with trees forest, fruit trees and fauna that have favored a highly resilient product of great economic and nutritional value. Leydy Pech, a honey producer in Campeche, said that the Koolel Kab women’s group is dedicated to the rescue and preservation of the melipona bee, with the aim of recovering this Mayan cultural practice and taking advantage of its benefits for health and the economy. She explained that to guarantee the survival of the meliponas it is important to transmit management knowledge to the new generations, in addition to generating less disruptive spaces for the breeding of these pollinating insects.