Mexico ends tariffs to fight world food crisis

Mexico announced the elimination of import tariffs on food and fertilizers as part of a package of measures to combat increases in international food prices.

Monday, May 26, 2008

"For my government, food policy is a State issue," said President Felipe Calderón at the presentation of his "Support for the Family Budget" program.
Calderón ordered the elimination of all tariffs on imports of wheat, rice and white and yellow corn from anywhere in the world.

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Food Sovereignty vs. Specialized Production

October 2011

Experiences in trying to obtain self-produced grains at affordable prices for the population have been real disasters, with China being the best example.

A draft Law for the Approval of the National Integrated Rural Development of Guatemala proposes that "food security be based on the production of basic grain, under the concept of autarky, defined as food sovereignty, i.e.

Free Market Vs Food Safety

September 2011

Panama is experiencing a repeat of the Central American basic food drama, with poorly planned local production, very low cost imports and consumer high prices.

Recent statistics from the Panamanian Authority for Food Safety (AUPs) show the figures for onion (71,348 quintals) and potato (22,809 bushels) imports in the first eight months of the year, which in the view of the Association of Agricultural Producers in Chiriqui (Aproachi) have caused a glut in the local market. Surplus goods end up displacing local producers, said Ariel Rios, president of Aproachi.

$6 Million for Food Safety in Nicaragua

May 2010

The European Commission will grant the country $6.1 million to support food and nutritional safety in 10 provinces.

This program aims to increase and diversify agricultural supply, improve the quality of basic grains and productive processes, and make it easier for local consumers to access food products.

Experts discuss food safety

December 2008

Representatives from 175 countries and international organizations will discuss food safety rules in Guatemala this week.

"We hope to reach important agreements on key topics regarding food safety," said Elizabeth Johnson, US Under-Secretary of Food Safety, at a press conference.

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