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U.N. to reduce rural poverty in Mexico

José Calzada Rovirosa and Gilbert Houngbo met with the aim of reviewing and strengthening public policies to promote productive projects in rural areas with the highest poverty rate in the country
Gilbert Houngbo (left) and José Calzada Rovirosa (right) - Photo: Taken from Pepe Calzada Twitter account
24/11/2017
18:11
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On Friday, José Calzada Rovirosa, Head of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (Secretaría de Agricultura, Ganadería, Desarrollo Rural, Pesca y Alimentación abbreviated Sagarpa), and Gilbert Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), met with the aim of reviewing and strengthening public policies to promote productive projects in rural areas with the highest poverty rate in Mexico.

On Twitter, José Calzada Rovirosa wrote in Spanish: "I met with Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, today."

They emphasized that “it exists a joint interest to reinforce lines of work favoring small producers, particularly women and young people in the rural sector, in order to increase their productive capacity."

Gilbert Houngbo's visit to Mexico seeks to detail the actions to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in terms of reducing rural poverty in Mexico.

During the meeting, the projects supported by IFAD in Mexico, such as the rural development projects for the state of Oaxaca by the National Indigenist Institute (Instituto Nacional Indigenista abbreviated INI) and the Sagarpa, along with development projects for communities in Puebla and in the Yucatan Peninsula were announced.

Gilbert Houngbo will also meet with Miguel Ruiz Cabañas, Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights at Mexico's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and with Luis Enrique Miranda Nava, Secretary of Social Development in Mexico.

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