The Netherlands Embassy in Mexico and The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) are organizing a water mission to Mexico from 5 to 9 September 2022. It is intended for Dutch companies specialized in water solutions and interested in the Mexican market. The mission will consist of two separate tracks: an urban track and an agri track. The latter will take Dutch participants to the agri hotspots of Sinaloa and Guanajuato (in the Bajío Region). In this article we will elaborate on the water issues the agricultural sector in these regions are facing.
Water issues are present in most agri-food regions in Mexico, and major agri-food production regions rely on basins and aquifers with water deficits, pollution and salinity, where soil degradation is a common issue. Forecasts point to significant sector growth in the upcoming years in terms of production and value, but estimates also expect increasing greenhouse gas emissions, pollution, and water scarcity.
A market study commissioned by the Netherlands Embassy in 2021 into the opportunities for Dutch water companies in the Mexican agricultural sector concluded that Dutch companies interested in capitalizing on these opportunities should focus on five identified regions, the so-called “hotspots”. These hotspots are highly productive agri-food regions with water issues that could be addressed by Dutch expertise and producers that are able and willing to afford Dutch technology. The study describes the specific water issues and situation of each of these hotspots.