High Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development


Chloe Goh

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Committee: High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

Topic: Food Security

Country: United Mexican States

The World Food Summit of 1996 defined food security as existing when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet dietary needs for a productive and healthy life. The United Mexican States recognizes a need to ensure that the majority of the its population continue to have food stability.

Food insecurity stems primarily from a lack of financial resources and poor distribution of food. The poorer the household, the higher their food insecurity as many lack the purchasing power necessary to buy nutritious food. The wealthy outbid the poor and hunger perpetuates among the poor. The current lack of food security is mostly attributed to the 2007-08 Global Financial Crisis, aptly dubbed as the “worst financial crisis since the Great Depression” and the macro-economic reforms executed in response to the recession. As Mexico is a net importer of food, she was extremely vulnerable to the sharp increase in food prices.

The lack of food stability has resulted in chronic malnutrition with 12% of Mexico’s population suffering from it. A survey in 2005 showed that this resulted in high stunting, wasting and underweight rates in children a...

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