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Mexico launches food plan with emphasis on the poor

Mexico has announced a new multibillion-dollar food plan aimed at achieving ''food sovereignty'' by 1988 and at improving the quality of food eaten by the country's badly nourished poor. The plan calls for $3.4 billion to be spent between now and 1988 on a reorganization of production and distribution, with the emphasis on providing more basic foods like corn, wheat, rice, and beans.

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The plan says some 19 million Mexicans, mainly in the south and out of a population of 72 million, suffer from grave nutrituion deficiencies.