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Agriculture and Food Security
Agriculture and Food Security

Modernization of agriculture services in Latin America and the Caribbean improves productivity and preserves the environment

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Sector Framework Initiatives Projects at a Glance
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We seek to improve food security, increase incomes, and reduce poverty for the rural population in Latin America and the Caribbean. To this end, we promote projects and policies for sustainable management of natural resources, agricultural productivity, and climate change adaptation and mitigation. 

We support institutional capacity building in public institutions

by promoting public agricultural goods, such as agricultural research, rural infrastructure, and land titling, among others.

We help improve market access

for farmers through technical assistance, managerial trainings, and finance.

We promote the adoption

of innovative climate-smart agricultural technologies among small farmers by reducing financial constraints.

We offer innovative research tools

such as the Agrimonitor database to analyze the efficiency and effectiveness of agricultural policies.

We offer expertise to governments in Latin America and the Caribbean

to design and implement agricultural policies that foster sustainable, resilient, and inclusive food systems. 

Food Insecurity

40% of the region’s population suffers from food insecurity. 

Close-up of a couple of young childs drinking from a white cup. Rural development - Inter-American Development Bank - IDB
Agricultural and Fishery Production

Latin America and the Caribbean accounts for 14% of global agricultural and fishery production. Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico produce 70% of the region's food.

People working in a field. Agriculture and Employment - Inter-American Development Bank - IDB
Food Availability

On average, food availability in Latin America and the Caribbean is more than sufficient to ensure an adequate number of calories for the population. 

A bag of coffee beans. Natural resources - Inter-American Development Bank - IDB
A High Cost to Access to a Healthy Diet

Latin America and the Caribbean is the region with the highest cost to access to a healthy diet. 22% of LAC’s population can’t afford a healthy diet. 

A senior man in a hat holding a branch. Social development - Inter-American Development Bank - IDB
Food Stability

Climate change, natural disasters, and price shocks are the factors that most affect food stability in Latin America and the Caribbean. 

A group of men standing in a field. Climate change - Inter-American Development Bank - IDB
LAC Flavors 2024 Meeting of Latin American and Caribbean Food and Beverage Sector to Focus on Amazon Economic Opportunities
LAC Flavors, the main business forum for the food and beverage industry in Latin America and the Caribbean, will take place on June 5 and 6, 2024 in Manaus, Brazil, announced the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).The event, organized in collaboration with ApexBrasil, the Brazilian government's...
April 05, 2024
IDB Signs Important Agreements with Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Honduras and Uruguay at Annual Meeting
The presence of Governors and international partners enabled the signing of 13 credit contracts and other agreements within the meeting’s framework. The Annual Meeting of the Boards of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank and IDB Invest, held in Panama from March 16 to 19, provided a...
March 21, 2023
Agribusiness, Construction and Tourism Could Drive Central America’s Economy in 2023
A new Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) study points to agribusiness, construction and tourism as the industries with the greatest potential to generate jobs and growth in Central America, Mexico, Panama and the Dominican Republic. The study found that higher production in these industries...
February 13, 2023
Seeds for Food Security


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Approximately 267 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean suffer from food insecurity. That means 40% of the population lacks physical or economic access to sufficient safe and nutritious food to meet their daily needs and lead a healthy life. The indiscriminate use of natural resources poses a direct threat to the food security of the global population. 


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