The National Crusade Against Hunger, a program to combat food poverty, failed to meet its goal of taking 7.8 million people out of this condition, according to a report by the Federation’s Superior Audit (ASF).
The ASF indicated that six years after its implementation it failed to serve the population with social lag and high and very high marginalization, without the Secretariat for Social Development (Sedesol), currently the Secretariat of Welfare, explaining the causes.
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The National Crusade against Hunger was one of the most important programs of social policy during the administration of former President Enrique Peña Nieto, which he implemented in the period 2013-2018.
The Executive signed the commitment to «Eradicate food poverty», which would be in charge of the Sedesol, first, by Rosario Robles, imprisoned since August 13, charged with the crime of improper exercise of the public service, in the case of The Master Scam.
The Sedesol was the one that recorded the most changes of holders, so these results are also from other secretaries of the unit: José Antonio Meade Kuribreña, Luis Miranda Nava and Eviel Pérez Magaña.
According to the audit, it was found that, as of 2018, the Crusade led the delivery of subsidies in municipalities with lower rates of social lag and lower degree of marginalization.
For this program, 8,083.9 million pesos were allocated, according to the report of the audit.
The units and entities responsible for the budgetary programmes that participated in the Crusade reported that their target population did not correspond to people in extreme food poverty and, consequently, did not have a methodology to identify and serve the target population of the strategy, so they did not direct their actions to their targeting and attention.
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In the six years in which the strategy operated only 0.1%, that is, 9 thousand 700 people managed to overcome the food deficiency.
Headquarters reported to the Audit that during the period 2013-2018, «it did not have specific resources for the implementation of the strategy, and that the only erogations that were made to comply with the Decree were from the approved budgets of the respective budget programmes of the units and entities that participated».
However, the ASF found that the unit had specific resources for the Crusade of 8 thousand 083 million 967 billion pesos, 190 agreements were signed with public and private institutions from 2013 to 2015, as well as 159 contracts, in the period 2013 to 2016, also with public sector institutions.
On the National System for the Crusade against Hunger, the ASF stated that the objective was not met due to design, normative, programmatic, budgetary and evaluation deficiencies that affected its implementation.
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