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From Latin America to Your Dinner Table: Food Security

By - Sep 24 2015

Food security
It’s the land of empanadas, rice and beans, and sweet plantains; arepas, ceviche, pão de quiejo, dulce de leche, and alfajores. But Latin America and the Caribbean’s (LAC) contribution to the dinner tables of the world goes far beyond delicious regional staples, providing instead something quite essential to the continued development of our planet. So what’s on the menu, exactly? Food security, or as the World Food Summit of 1996 defined it, when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life. Latin America, as we discuss in great detail in the 2014 report “The Next Global Breadbasket: How Latin America Can Feed the World,” has the potential to do just that—to feed the world as we enter a time of uncertainty (triggered by climate change and population growth) where food security is far from guaranteed.

But for Latin America to play this role it must take action now, putting in motion the necessary steps to capitalize on its potential as a source of global and regional food security. It’s just this that AgroLAC 2025 strives to facilitate.  A new multi-donor thematic funding platform created by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in collaboration with the Nature Conservancy, AgroLAC 2025 strives to support sustainable agriculture, fisheries, and forestry to help Latin America meet its productive potential. Working with diverse donors and collaborating partners, AgroLAC 2025 will harness the strengths of the public, private, academic, and non-profit sectors to expand commitments to agricultural research, the transfer of technologies and skills to regional farmers, and the empowerment of smallholder farms.

The AgroLAC2025 platform is guided by distinct priorities, striving above all to:

  1. Increase trade and access to markets,
  2. Expand productivity through sustainable intensification, and
  3. Enhance agricultural and environmental planning.

A testament to its commitment to public and private sector collaboration, it also prioritizes working with regional governments, supporting them as they adjust their trade regimes to boost agricultural productivity.

Launching officially on September 27 in the New York-based offices of the World Economic Forum USA, we expect AgroLAC 2025 to make a splash. Already recognized as the core funding platform for LAC’s sustainable agricultural productivity, AgroLAC has the critical pieces for food security in place: the natural resources, the political will, the clear priorities, and the roadmap to success. What we need now is partnership—committed, cross-sectorial actors to complement the resources and expertise of the IDB. Latin America already has the building blocks needed to unleash massive and sustainable agricultural growth. The question is: will you join us on this journey?

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