Agriculture lies at the centre of four major global concerns: poverty and hunger; population growth; a demand for more and better quality food; climate change and environmental degradation.
This “perfect storm” of issues has created increased pressure on the use and productivity of land, the livelihoods of farmers, and the world’s ability to feed a growing population. The poorest countries are often those that are most reliant on agriculture, and poverty in such developing countries is largely rural.
Poor agricultural practices only exacerbate poverty and environmental degradation. Conversely, good practices that result in increases in rural income and better land management can have a positive and disproportionate impact on global poverty and environmental sustainability.
Latin America is one of the richest sources of agricultural products and natural resources in the world, but the custodians of those resources are often among the poorest. The sector is characterized by a high concentration of either very large industrial farms concentrated in the hands of agribusiness, or a far greater number of smallholder farmers. The business of agriculture in the region remains a crucial provider of jobs, livelihoods and community wellbeing. It is our belief that markets must work for the benefit of smallholder farmers and our work is dedicated to that end.