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Publication | 21 January 2021

Future Foodscapes: Re-imagining Agriculture in Latin America and the Caribbean

Global Food and Nutrition Security

What happens in Latin American and Caribbean farms, food processing facilities, supermarkets, and beyond has important implications both locally and globally. The region’s agri-food systems make vital contributions to a diverse set of development objectives, including growth and trade promotion, poverty reduction, food and nutrition security, and climate resilience. Furthermore, because Latin America is the world’s largest net food exporter, the region’s agri-food systems can help lower and stabilize international food prices, bringing benefits to consumers everywhere. And because the region is home to vast forests and extensive savannahs, it plays a critical role in shaping global weather patterns and mitigating climate change. In a sense, Latin America and the Caribbean region are the world’s breadbasket and lungs.