Buenos Aires, October 7th: A few weeks ago, Syngenta’s Manager for Latin America South, Antonio Aracre, published an article in its Linkedin network titled “The hunger that embarrasses the Argentinians”, where he proposed to destinate one percent of the local food production to 1.5 million poorest children and youngers in the country.
Argentine society is shocked by the rising of poverty in the country, which reached 35% in the last measurement and that could end the year climbing to 40%. It is estimated that half of the youngest population live in poverty.
“Argentina produces flour, meat, milk and vegetable oils for 150 million people around the world. To destinate 1% of this output to the most vulnerable population (1.5 million people) shouldn’t represent a prohibitive cost for any player in the (agri-food) value-chain”, Aracre wrote.
The proposal was quickly taken by the media and the politician sectors. In fact, today Monday 7th, Mr. Aracre is accompanying the opposition candidate Alberto Fernandez in the Agronomy School of Buenos Aires University, where he (the candidate) is launching a broad program to fight the hunger in the country that they (the Peronist party) will implement if they are elected to rule the country in October 27th.
“I’m thinking to create cooperatives in the poorest locations of the country, where people are able to produce flour, oils, to plant vegetables, or to rise cattle. I conceive these cooperatives integrated into the food chain supply, creating jobs and bringing people the opportunity to recover their dignity through the work”, Aracre told to Gustavo Sylvestre, one of the most popular radio journalists in Argentina.
He added that his initiative had a good reception not only inside the company (Syngenta) but also in other companies or from other colleagues in the food value-chain.
“But I think that a key aspect is to carry out this job with transparency, involving the social movements, NGOs, voluntaries, and of course, the State, both in the federal as local levels”, Aracre stressed.