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. Food security is a pillar of our broad diplomatic relationships in Central America, which is why we are excited to support the AgroLAC 2025 initiative. Partnerships like AgroLAC 2025 will be critical to addressing the challenge of feeding nine billion people by 2050.
Achieving food security is not just a matter of growing more food. It’s also about helping the 14 million smallholder farmers in Latin America address the challenges of financing, land tenure, infrastructure, access to markets, and in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building resilience to climate change, especially during this period of drought impacting areas throughout the region.
AgroLAC 2025 will promote practices that develop resilience to climate change, and sustainable agricultural models for both smallholder farmers and agribusiness. These efforts are critical; as food security cannot be achieved without protecting the natural resources and ecosystems upon which agriculture depend. Long-term strategies focused on sustainability by promoting growth and increased productivity are essential to achieving food security both in Central America and throughout the rest of the globe.
I am confident that AgroLAC 2025 will help Latin America as it solidifies its position as a breadbasket for the world.