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Stories of inspiring entrepreneurs and organizations, discussion and commentary of new trends in private sector development, and the latest events and publications.

Inspiring the private sector: from agricultural small farmers to rural entrepreneurs

By Fernanda Lopez

Small farmers in Latin America deal with knowledge and technology access barriers whenever they try to adapt their productive systems to climate change: irrigation, pest-resistant seed varieties, and best practices are sometimes unknown or out of reach of rural areas. In other cases, additional barriers are present, such as access to land and entry into high-value markets. For countries like Guatemala, these issues become particularly challenging: the country has 12% of its total agricultural area made of land holdings smaller than one hectare (the highest percentage in Latin America, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization). In addition, 51.5% of the country’s young and predominantly female population (66.5% of the population is younger than 30 years old and 51% are women, according to Guatemala’s National Institute of Statistics) still lives in rural areas and is mostly dedicated to agriculture.

The Sustainable Development Goals: a compass for private sector action

By Fernanda Lopez

“Para quien no sabe a dónde quiere ir, todos los caminos sirven.” Esta frase podría describir muchas de las iniciativas de Responsabilidad Social Empresarial (RSE) que se implementaron cuando el concepto era nuevo. ¿A que me refiero con esto? 

El camino por recorrer en la agricultura familiar

By Fernanda Lopez

Sabías que...

  • En el mundo existen 500 millones de granja familiares. 
  • La agricultura familiar en Latinoamérica incluye alrededor de 60 millones de personas. En México casi cada segunda persona trabaja en agricultura, y en Brazil cada tercera.
  • La edad promedio del jefe de la granja es de 50 años.

An opportunity for small Latin America farmers in the global food market

By Fernanda Lopez

In the Latin America and Caribbean region, there are about 15 million family farms, 35% of which rely solely on agricultural activities for their livelihood. Through the “Linking Small Farmers to High-Value Agriculture Markets” agenda, MIF has focused its efforts in providing support to smallholder farmers with the belief that agriculture and food are promising industries that could present a solid business opportunity and a stable income-generating activity for smallholder farmers when they are sustainably linked to local, regional or global markets.

Más allá de la roya en la industria del café

By Fernanda Lopez

English version 

El pasado mes de noviembre tuve la oportunidad de asistir a la conferencia Hablemos de Roya organizada por Sustainable Harvest en El Salvador. Mientras las sesiones se desarrollaban, la conversación pareció moverse de la roya a otros temas más estratégicos. Este es un intento por detallar algunas preguntas que saltaron de las conversaciones sostenidas con varios participantes durante el evento: