Latin America and the Caribbean can position itself as the great food-producing region for the world
Positive figures for the region
"Latin America and the Caribbean is essential for food security and the provision of public environmental services at a global level," said the Executive President of CropLife Latin America, José Perdomo.
He explained that the region produces 12% of food globally (in 1960 it was 10%), the United States and Canada produce 11%, the European Union 11%, India 11%, China 24%, other developing countries 29 %.
He added that Latin America and the Caribbean currently represent 16% of global agricultural exports, 12% of world agricultural production, 24% of the world's arable land, 30% of the planet's freshwater resources. , and 25% of the planet's forests.
The benefits of Latin America
“As you can see, it is a rich region to produce food and to do it in a sustainable way. New technologies and innovations offer an opportunity to maintain and increase the contribution of food from Latin America to the world; in other words, it can be positioned as the super food producing region for the world ”, he highlighted.
Perdomo indicated that Latin America has the opportunity to produce food every day more efficiently, with greater productivity, at a lower cost, since it has the conditions and the human capacity to achieve it.
“Latin America is capable of producing a lot of food for export and local consumption throughout the year. We have the capacity to serve the world and we develop in a more accelerated way ”.
Challenges for the region
The CEO of CropLife Latin America indicated that there is currently concern about food safety and food costs. In this regard, he said that the fragility of Latin America has international organizations on alert, since the coronavirus revealed many deficiencies.
“Increasing agricultural productivity in a more sustainable way continues to be a challenge. Pests in the tropics are a differential that is not being considered in the European political agenda (Green Pact, which seeks to reduce the use of agrochemicals by 50% by 2030). The modernization of the laws that the Europeans want is going to affect us at all levels and we have to understand what this implies, ”he said.
“The pressure for new technologies will require a proactive dialogue so that the new regulations are science-based. The governments of Latin America must take advantage of these global trends in agriculture to protect the environment in a sustainable way, taking advantage of technologies and innovations, modernizing their regulations that support these changes ”, he concluded.
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