The forest covered mountains and the small valleys and villages spread before you as far as the eye reaches in Ixtlan de Juarez in Oaxaca State. All shades of green are present in the landscape.
It is not surprising, seeing its nature, that Oaxaca is the State in Mexico with the richest biodiversity and is considered a national leader in sustainable community forest management.
Moreover, it has a big potential in agriculture resources, like corn, and also in fishery and livestock, although there is still a lot of leeway for their exploitation and commercialization.
“We are traditionally in the last places in terms of production, productivity and organization in the agriculture, livestock and fishery sectors,” explains Jorge Carrasco Altamirano, Production Subsecretary of the Ministry of the Development of Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry and Fishery.
The State has also various challenges in other sectors: only 69.5% of people in Oaxaca have water in their home and almost 19% of the houses are considered vulnerable because they don’t have floors and the roofs are not of good quality.
A new way of planning
“When we arrived to the government, we encountered planning structures that were in line with the previous needs, but that didn’t allow us to strategically focus the State investment,” says Alberto Benítez Tiburcio, Planning, Programming and Budget Subsecretary.
“We realized we needed to make a 180 degree turn regarding the planning exercises made until then,” he adds.