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SAFE and the future of sustainable coffee

By Alejandro Escobar A., Lead Specialist, Multilateral Investment Fund of the IDB Group – It has been two and a half years now since the MIF first sat at the table with Starbucks, Keurig Green Mountain and Farmers Brothers to discuss the future of coffee in Latin America.

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Paul West is the co-director and lead scientist of the Global Landscapes Initiative at the Institute on the Environment. His research develops solutions for increasing global food security while decreasing the negative effects of agriculture on water, climate, and biodiversity. He leads the team’s efforts to get science out of the ivory tower and into the hands of people affecting change.

Before joining the U of M, Paul worked 17 years at The Nature Conservancy. He earned his Ph.D. in limnology and marine science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research is published in leading science journals, including Science, Nature, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Trends, Sources, and Solutions for Agriculture’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions

By Paul C West, Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota, @coolfireecology – Farming and climate are tightly connected. Climate change is projected to decrease crop yields in many regions of the world and boost them in others.

Ginya Truitt Nakata is an Operations Sr Speclialist in the Office of Outreach and Partnerships of the IDB.  In this capacity she develops and implements engagement strategies for food security, biodiversity, and trade and integration with NGOs, foundations, private sector organizations and alliances, and traditional development actors operating throughout the LAC region. She has published research on Latin America’s agricultural capacity, the role of gender in agricultural and rural development, and given live interviews on CNN Dinero.

The AgroLAC 2025 Story

by Ginya Truitt Nakata, AgroLAC 2025 coordinator – As the IDB officer responsible for agriculture-related partnerships, let me begin by raising a question that has frustrated me for years. If the goal is to sustainably #feedthe9 by 2050, why isn’t Latin America and Caribbean front-and-center as a way to achieve it?

Nancy Stetson is the U.S. Special Representative for Global Food Security, responsible for leading all aspects of U.S. diplomacy related to food security and nutrition.  She is responsible for leading all aspects of U.S. diplomacy related to food security and nutrition, including in support of Feed the Future, the U.S. government’s flagship global hunger and food security initiative; the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition; and the 1,000 Days Partnership.

Sustainable Agriculture is Key to Food Security

by Nancy Stetson, U.S. Special Representative for Global Food Security – Ensuring food security and eliminating hunger and malnutrition are essential to the achievement of peace, security, economic growth and sustainable development, and the promotion of dignity and hope in every society. The United States is committed to improving global food security and ending malnutrition.

El Dr. Hugo Li Pun es Secretario Ejecutivo de FONTAGRO, basado en el BID en Washington, D.C. Ha trabajado por más de 30 años en organizaciones internacionales, habiendo ejercido cargos de alta dirección.  Se graduó de Ingeniero Zootecnista en la UNALM y de Master of Science y  Ph.D. en la Universidad de Wisconsin en Madison. Es autor de numerosas publicaciones en las áreas de su experiencia.

Un ejemplo concreto de cooperación para la innovación de la agricultura familiar en América Latina y el Caribe

Dr. Hugo Li Pun es Secretario Ejecutivo de FONTAGRO – Deseamos felicitar al BID, a The Nature Conservancy y a los miembros fundadores de AgroLAC 2025 por su lanzamiento en el Foro Económico Mundial en New York. Durante el mismo se estableció el ambiente y el nivel adecuado para una iniciativa exitosa, con la participación de socios claves del sector público y privado.

Martin Kropff joined CIMMYT from Wageningen University and Research Center (Wageningen UR) in the Netherlands, where he was rector magnificus and vice chairman of the executive board for almost 10 years.  From 1990 to 1995, Kropff was the systems agronomist at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines  From 2013 to 2015, he was a member of the board of directors of CGIAR, the 15-member consortium of international agricultural researchers to which CIMMYT and IRRI belong.

A strategy for sustainable intensification of agriculture in Latin America and the Caribbean

Martin Kropff, CIMMYT — With the looming challenge of feeding nine billion people in 2050, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) fully supports the clear recommendations put forward by the AgroLAC 2025 Initiative for policies to help Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) sustainably realize the potential of its outstanding natural resources.

Bernardo Guillamon es gerente de la Oficina de Alianzas Estratégicas del BID, que lidera las alianzas institucionales del Banco con el sector público, sector privado, ONG, fundaciones, universidades y otras organizaciones. Ha trabajado para el banco desde 1992.

Desde América Latina a su mesa: Seguridad alimentaria

Bernardo Guillamon, Inter-American Development Bank
(English translation to follow) –
Es la tierra de empanadas, arroz y frijoles, y maduros; arepas, ceviche, pão de quiejo, dulce de leche y alfajores. Pero la contribución de América Latina y el Caribe (ALC) a las mesas del mundo va mucho más allá de antojitos regionales, ofreciendo también algo muy esencial para el desarrollo continuo de nuestro planeta. ¿Entonces—que hay en el menú, exactamente?

Mark R. Tercek; President and Chief Executive Officer of The Nature Conservancy, photographed at the Conservancy's Worldwide headquarters in Arlington, Virginia (August 17th, 2011).

Feeding the World – And Saving It

Mark R. Tercek, The Nature Conservancy –
As the world’s population quickly approaches 9 billion people, the pressure on both natural areas and agricultural lands will be more and more intense. It has never been more important for conservation and agriculture to work together. And these two fields are less at odds than some might think.

Pierre Ferrari joined Heifer International as its President and Chief Executive Officer in 2010. Ferrari has more than 40 years of business experience, ranging from consumer organizations such as Coca-Cola, to community development venture funds.
Pierre is leading Heifer International to truly end poverty for 4 million families by 2020. To that end, Heifer is leveraging its well-proven values-based community development approach (12 Cornerstones for Just and Sustainable Development) and its deep livestock expertise to support communities in building pro-poor wealth-creating value chains.

Closing the Income Gap for Smallholder Farmers

Pierre Ferrari, Heifer International
With approximately 15 million family farms in Latin America and Caribbean (LAC), it is heartening to witness the launch of AgroLAC 2025 to support sustainable agricultural practices in the region. As the global population soars, with growth particularly concentrated in urban areas, the need for smart agriculture investments is of the utmost importance. The world will soon turn to the smallholder farmers of LAC – a valuable, under-tapped resource – to improve global food security.

Alejandro Gamboa es el Director General de la Agencia Presidencial de Cooperación Internacional de Colombia (APC-Colombia). Se ha desempeñado como Alto Consejero por Colombia en el Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo y en el Banco Mundial, e igualmente ha trabajado en el Ministerio de Defensa y Ministerio de Hacienda de Colombia. Es economista de la Universidad de los Andes y tiene una maestría  en relaciones internacionales de la Universidad de Columbia en Nueva York.

Colombia es parte de la solución para alimentar al mundo

Alejandro Gamboa

Colombia ha sido reconocida por la FAO (Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura) como uno de los 7 países en elmundo con la capacidad para expandir su frontera agrícolay servir como uno de los grandes proveedores de alimentos para el planeta en los próximos años.


Making Partnerships Work for Agricultural Development

by Ruben Echeverria, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
I congratulate the AgroLAC 2025 initiative and would like to offer a few personal comments as a modest contribution to the ongoing dialogue focusing on key aspects for the success of AgroLAC. I enjoyed reading all comments in the blog and I particularly agree with María Beatriz Giraudo on the huge asset we have in many parts of LAC on highly competitive sustainable intensification practices.

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Spotlight on Smallholders: Creating Shared Value in Global Supply Chains

by Paul Rice, Fair Trade USA
Smallholder farmers are the backbone of our global food systems. According to the FAO, small-scale family farming accounts for 80% of all farms in Latin America and the Caribbean. Yet most smallholders are living in conditions of extreme poverty. Though they’re the most valuable contributor in global supply chains, they’re also the least valued and least understood. That’s why the AgroLAC 2025 platform is unique.

Margaret Zeigler is Executive Director of the Global Harvest Initiative (GHI), a collaborative private sector policy voice to forge solutions to help feed the world.  Together with its member companies and consultative partners, GHI advocates policies that attract investments and innovation to sustainably meet the projected food, feed, fiber and fuel demands of more than 9.6 billion people by 2050.  GHI partners with the IDB to call attention to the dynamic potential of agriculture in the Latin American/Caribbean region.

Agricultural Productivity Begins with the Soil Under our Feet

by Margaret Zeigler, Ph.D., Global Harvest Initiative
Springtime is here, and in the American heartland farmers are busy preparing their soil and planting crops. And although my childhood summers were spent on a cousin’s farm in Kentucky, my only regular experience with fertilizer these days is the occasional trip to the garden center. I suppose that is why I was surprised to learn recently that half of all crop yields are attributed to fertilizer.

María Beatriz (Pilu) Giraudo es Presidente de Aapresid (Asociación Argentina de Productores en Siembra Directa), miembro del Directorio de CAAPAS (Confederación de Asociaciones Americanas para una Agricultura Sustentable), miembro de la Red de Bancos de Alimentos de Argentina y Red CONIN (Prevención de la Desnutrición Infantil y Promoción Humana) en Venado Tuerto. Madre, 5ta. generación de productores en el país, Ingeniera Agrónoma con PosGrado de Alta Dirección en Agronegocios y Alimentos, productora y consultora.

¿Es posible alimentar el mundo y mejorar los suelos al mismo tiempo?

María Beatriz (Pilu) Giraudo, Presidente de Aapresid (Asociación Argentina de Productores en Siembra Directa)
La responsabilidad de América Latina y el Caribe como “despensa global” para dar respuesta a la creciente demanda de un mundo en permanente crecimiento es la gran oportunidad de la Región.