the mif blog

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

Latin America: The next global breadbasket

By Guest

International experts flew into the inaugural AgroLAC 2025 meeting in Sao Paulo, Brazil, last month to promote new financial instruments that could connect with innovative solutions to expand and develop sustainable agricultural production across the region. The timing couldn’t be more significant: experts predict that global food production must increase by 60 percent to feed the 9 billion people who will inhabit our planet by 2050. And we need to accomplish this as farmers and producers worldwide confront the growing effects of climate change and increasing competition for land and water.

A new and sustainable path for Caribbean agriculture

By Anabella Palacios

Historically, the Caribbean islands were known for producing and exporting very valuable commodities like bananas, sugar, rice, coffee, and cocoa. But over the past two decades, agriculture in that part of our region has been in a state of decline. With limits on available land, relatively high costs of living, environmental issues, and other challenges, it’s difficult for Caribbean farmers to compete with larger producers on the North and South American continents. The way forward will have to focus on specialization and sustainability.

Empowering Rural Women in Agriculture

By Nancy Lee, General Manager

Project Results: Interfisa Financiera in Paraguay percentage of women rural clients

Empowering rural women as farmers, entrepreneurs, and leaders throughout the agricultural value chain is a topic with exceptional importance for agricultural productivity, fighting poverty, and food security.

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.

Nivelando la cancha: los pueblos indígenas y el desarrollo

By Ana Grigera


Cada cuatro años, el Mundial nos convoca para ser espectadores del enfrentamiento de los titanes futbolísticos del mundo.  Países de poblaciones pequeñas se enfrentan con naciones de hasta casi 100 veces su tamaño (Uruguay – USA), demostrando que en la cancha lo importante  no es el tamaño, el peso político o la riqueza de un país, sino el talento de los jugadores,  la existencia de reglas de juego a las que deben cumplir todos por igual bajo las mismas condiciones dentro de una cancha.