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Filling the Breadbasket: Latin America Can Help Feed the World

By and - Jul 22 2014

Andean women farmers market a large variety of Andean potatoes and other native tubers such as oca and papalisa.

Andean women farmers market a large variety of Andean potatoes and other native tubers such as oca and papalisa.

Population growth and dramatic diet changes are placing agriculture and the natural resource base under great stress worldwide.

As the largest net food exporting region on the planet, Latin America and the Caribbean can definitely play a critical role in feeding a global population of over nine billion people in 2050 — but to meet expected demand, governments and producers must work together to create sustainable, market-driven systems of food production.

With more than a third of the world’s freshwater resources, and more than a quarter of medium- to high-potential farmland, the region has a tremendous opportunity to increase agricultural productivity while sustaining these natural resources through innovation and conservation practices. The role of Latin America and the Caribbean has often been overlooked until recently, and a campaign to advance the potential of meeting global food, feed, fuel and fiber needs with support for and from the region is finally underway.

To keep reading, visit Devex Impact

To help fill the breadbasket, read about our Sustainable Food Production Multi-Donor Fund

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