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Gas Supply and Food Sovereignty

Adrian Duhalt

Gas Supply and Food Sovereignty.

After decades of underinvestment, Mexico's natural gas pipeline network faces severe limitations in capacity and geographical coverage. To correct this, the government has launched an aggressive program to upgrade natural gas transport capabilities. The natural gas infrastructure program and energy reform are designed in part to help decrease Mexico’s reliance on imports of fertilizers (urea) and basic food staples, which stand at approximately 70 percent and 43 percent of domestic consumption, respectively. Increasing natural gas production and infrastructure will contribute to gains in ammonia and nitrogen fertilizer production, which would in turn have a positive impact on Mexico’s agroindustry.