The Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region has a third of the world’s fresh water resources – more than any developing region per capita – and over a quarter of the world’s medium to high potential farmland. The region is already the largest net food exporter in the world and yet has only achieved a small fraction of its potential agricultural production.
In addition to its abundant natural resources, LAC has a large number of farmers, who have extensive experience and capacity to innovate, as well as relatively strong institutions and markets.
The essential building blocks for massive and sustainable agricultural growth are already in place.
To realize the potential of a more productive and environmentally sustainable agriculture in LAC, the region’s governments and their multilateral partners must put agriculture at the very center of the development agenda. Priorities should include agricultural research, extension, infrastructure, trade and innovation.