Now is the time to spearhead agricultural development in Latin America
by Pedro Suarez
With the global population rising from 7 billion to 9 billion by mid-century, the challenge of ensuring food security opens a phenomenal opportunity for us.
Latin America is already the largest food exporting region in the world, has a third of the planet’s fresh water resources and more than 25% of its medium and high potential farmland.
The region has a large number of farmers who have extensive experience and capabilities to innovate, as well as global players with significant commitment to the region.
Our region can fill critical gaps in meeting global food security challenges, and actually reducing hunger, as the world’s population expands. It is essential for us to unleash the region’s unrealized agricultural potential in a sustainable way that preserve our rich natural resources.
Supporting important initiatives like ArgroLAC 2025, a funding platform established by the Inter-American Development Bank is essential to succeed in our journey.
Working with a broad range of partners, AgroLAC 2025 will look to greatly expand commitments to agricultural research and getting new technologies into farmer’s hands as well as stimulating investments in rural infrastructure for a sustainable agricultural business.
Although AgroLAC 2025 will not be formally launched until later in the year, next week in São Paulo Dow will host the initiative’s inaugural partner and project conference, at which a number stakeholders from across the agriculture space will gather to progress on the planning process.
We at Dow believe AgroLAC 2025 will accelerate Latin American agricultural development helping unleash the huge potential for global food security .