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momagri, movement for a world agricultural organization, is a think tank chaired by Christian Pèes.
It brings together, managers from the agricultural world and important people from external perspectives,
such as health, development, strategy and defense. Its objective is to promote regulation
of agricultural markets by creating new evaluation tools, such as economic models and indicators,
and by drawing up proposals for an agricultural and international food policy.
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Latin America, the new breadbasket of the world?

04 April 2011

Latin America could become the new breadbasket of the world. In any case, that is the opinion of the World Bank, which considers that the South American continent is today a long way below its real agricultural production capacities. Moreover, by putting a real “green revolution” in place in certain countries, the region could help to resolve the food crises which are currently on the increase.

“Today, there is much debate about appropriate levels of water and land use for agricultural production. Many consider that we have reached the limits of these levels. However, this is not the case in Latin America, which is a country with great agricultural potential” declared Pamela Cox, the World Bank’s Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean Region.

Indeed, according to the international Development organisation, a third of the world’s as yet unused arable lands are in the Latin American region. This situation is a source of inspiration for certain South American countries, such as Colombia, which recently announced its intention to conduct a veritable “green revolution”. Indeed, in a speech made on Saturday, the Colombian Minister of Finance Juan Carlos Echeverry declared his intention that royalties received for oil should henceforth be devoted to the development of the national agricultural sector.

This announcement by the World Bank is good news: it proves that, contrary to what most experts and political decision-makers have been predicting for years, it is possible to produce more and therefore to feed the world’s population, which is constantly increasing. However, one should not conclude from this that South America might meet the needs of the world as a whole. If our aim is for global agricultural development that is balanced and fair for all, then increases in agricultural production need to be extended to all of the world’s regions, so that each of them can contribute their own potential.
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