Public officials and experts debate Latin American agriculture’s difficulties and prospects
Latin America now accounts for a quarter of global agricultural exports. To further strengthen the region’s participation in international agricultural trade and keep up with the dynamism characteristic of modern agro-industrial production, new investments, research and development and effective public policies will be needed. To discuss this subject, the Brazilian Agriculture Ministry, Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the G20 Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS) will hold a seminar called “Challenges and Opportunities for Agriculture in Latin America” on October 10 and 11. The event will take place at the FGV Cultural Center, at Praia de Botafogo, 186, Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro, starting at 9 am.
The seminar will debate the sector’s difficulties and prospects in the region. According to the event’s organizers, the development pursued by agribusiness in Latin America must be sustainable and inclusive, increasingly incorporating small and medium farmers into its production chain. These farmers account for a significant proportion of the region’s food production, and the ability to access technological innovations will greatly help improve competitiveness and living standards in the countryside. Efficient and diversified agricultural production will be better able to meet the challenges and harness the opportunities generated by new market demands and consumer trends.
The seminar will make room for specialists to analyze the global economic landscape, its impacts on markets, and prospects for the agricultural sector, worldwide and specifically in Latin America. OECD evaluations of agricultural public policies and Inter-American Development Bank studies regarding the sector will be presented. There will also be discussion of the impacts of the Mercosul-European Union trade agreement and trade negotiations and tensions involving the world’s two biggest powers – the United States and China – and their impacts on agribusiness.
Other subjects, such as the sustainable development of biofuels, the role of technological innovation in farming and challenges involving logistics and infrastructure, will be discussed during the event. The seminar will also debate rural credit in the context of changes under way in Brazil. Regarding this subject, guests will talk about agricultural public policies, new funding arrangements and the role of cooperative banks.
For more information about the seminar’s program and to sign up, visit our website.