Farm Workers in Mexico's Export Agriculture
October 15, 2018
About half of U.S. fresh fruit (53 percent in 2017) and almost a third of U.S. fresh vegetables (31 percent in 2017) are imported. Mexico supplied 48 percent of the imported fresh fruit and 68 percent of the imported fresh vegetables in 2017. Avocados worth $1.9 billion and tomatoes worth $1.8 billion were the leading US fresh fruit and vegetable imports from Mexico.
This seminar, sponsored by the Walmart Foundation, reviews the status of Mexico-US agricultural trade, the first findings of surveys of Mexican farm workers, and industry and NGO certification efforts to encourage farm employers to abide by labor laws. The lunchtime panel will explore how conditions for Mexican farm workers may change under newly elected President AMLO.
We look forward to seeing you October 15, 2018.
8:30-9:00: Registration/Coffee and pastries
9:00-9:10: Welcome and Introduction
9:10-9:45: Mexican Fruit and Vegetable Exports to the US
9:45-10:45: CIESAS-Migration Dialogue-Wilson Project: First Data
10:45-11:00: Coffee Break
11:00-12:30: Industry Codes of Conduct and Certification
12:30-2:00: Working Lunch: AMLO and Rural Mexico
2:00 pm Adjourn