- [19/11/2013] [07:22]
On November 21st and 22nd, the Brazilian city of Foz do Iguazú will be the venue of the 1st Agricultural Forum of South America, an event organized with the aim of strengthening the position of the region on the global stage, confirming the new expansion cycle of its agro-industry.
The main motivation of this meeting is that South America, and particularly the countries comprising the Southern Agricultural Council (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay), has not yet achieved a significant space in the sector at a global level as the main character for the definition of agricultural and commercial policies governing the international agribusiness, even though the block is one of the world’s largest powers in food and energy production and supply.
Focusing the discussion on cross-cutting issues and the debates on different productive chains, the forum aims to show the global agro-industry trend, driven by South American participation, growth and potential.
In 2012/13 season, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay exported more than 102 million tons of grains, accounting for an 85% increase in ten years. The bloc has also registered an impressive mark in the grain production sector (soybean, corn and wheat), with almost 272 million tons in the last harvest season. Compared with what was produced in 2002/03, it represents a leap of 121%. These figures place the countries of the region and their producers in the role of global players in the production and management of the agricultural and commercial policies in the international market.
Organized by the Agricultural Council do Sul (CAS) and the Brazilian newspaper Gazeta do Povo, the forum will deal with issues such as market, infrastructure, technology and sustainability. At the opening, the ministers of Agriculture of the seven countries integrating the CAS will participate in a round table on the future of the agro-industry in the world and the block’s share in this scenario. And during that morning, the executive of the Department of Agriculture and Commerce of the Organization for the Economic Co-operation and Development (OCDE), Ken Ash, will lecture on “Agriculture in the context of the global economy”. In total, during the two days of the schedule there will be four lectures for all the attendees, and 11 panel discussions, some of them held simultaneously.
For further information and registration: www.agrooutlook.com