Extreme poverty stood at 7.6% in 2020: Central Campesina Independiente

Mexico City.- The President of the Independent Campesino Center, José Amadeo Hernández Barajas, urged the Federal Government to modify the agricultural policy to integrate the support scheme for the peasant family since the increase in the Extreme Poverty Lines for Income ( value of the food basket) was located in 2020 at 7.6% in rural areas, that is, above inflation.

This situation is the reflection of a rise in food prices and a severe drop in the population’s income, the CCI leader pointed out in a tour of various ejidos in Guanajuato.

He commented that according to figures from CONEVAL, the increase in the percentage of the population that cannot purchase the food basket with their labor income between the fourth quarter of 2019 and the fourth quarter of 2020, at the national level, was 3.4 percentage points.

This was reflected in an increase in working poverty in 24 of the 32 states of the Mexican Republic.

That is why he demanded that the government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador integrate the support scheme he manages, the peasant family and, in particular, rural women so that backyard production is stimulated, which helps security food of the country.

If the Federal Government continues to be deaf, it said that it will propose to the governors to include, in their scheme of support for the rural population, programs to promote food production aimed at small producers and the peasant family.

José Amadeo Hernández Barajas, recalled that the January rise in food prices will continue throughout the year since 2021 started with an increase of 6.1% in agricultural products of the basic basket.

He pointed out that the pandemic implies important changes in relative prices and pushes up merchandise inflation, which in January registered an increase above the general average and therefore the expected path for inflation is uncertain.

He highlighted as risks the pressures on core inflation due to the recomposition of spending, episodes of exchange rate depreciation and impacts on costs for companies.

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