Agriculture ministers and secretaries from Argentina, Colombia, Honduras, and Trinidad and Tobago will discuss the role of agriculture in the Americas in regional economic recovery and global food security, the sector’s environmental impact and how technology can help address current challenges . Including, the lack of fertilizers.
The virtual event, organized by the Wilson Center and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), titled Feeding the World: Conversation with Agriculture Ministers of Latin America28 at 10 a.m. ET.
Argentina’s Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Juan José Bahillo; Colombia’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Cecilia López Montano; Laura Suazo, Secretary of Agriculture and Livestock of Honduras; and Minister of Agriculture, Lands and Fisheries of Trinidad and Tobago, Kazim Hossein.
The dialogue will be initiated by Benjamin Gedden, Director of the Latin American Program and Argentina Project of the Wilson Center, and concluded by Manuel Otero, Director General of IICA.
Paula Szenkman, director of the Economic Development Program at the Center for the Implementation of Public Policies for Equity and Growth (CIPPEC), will be the moderator.
The Wilson Center is one of America’s leading forums dedicated to independent research and dialogue on global issues. It was established by the United States Congress in 1968 in memory of President Woodrow Wilson and its advisory council is made up of private sector leaders and former public officials from various countries in the Americas.
There will be Spanish-English simultaneous interpretation at the meeting. Those interested in joining can register at this link: https://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/feeding-world-conversation-latin-american-caribbean-agriculture-ministers,
The talks will take place in the context of changes in global trade, production and consumption patterns due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Eastern Europe, which means an increase in the cost of agricultural products for the agriculture sector. shortfall in their supply.
Such a scenario complicates nations’ efforts to reduce food insecurity and makes it difficult for the region’s farmers to increase their productivity and take advantage of current food prices.
The environmental impacts of agriculture, including carbon and methane emissions and deforestation, which may exacerbate climate change impacts in Latin America and the Caribbean, will also be discussed.
In this region, for example, producers deal with drought that destroyed soybean and wheat crops in South America, while droughts, floods and hurricanes directly affect farmers in the Central American dry corridor and the Caribbean.