In 2012, private entities from four countries (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay) created the “Grupo de Países Productores del Sur” (Group of Producing Countries from the Southern Cone), GPS. This is a group of specialists and businessmen who undertook to contribute to the construction of a South American center that will be able to meet new food demands in a sustainable manner, while also generating wealth, employment and social capital in the region.
South America will play a crucial role in meeting the growing world demand for food. But the production potential of the region will have to respond to several challenges to become a reality, as stated in the first paper prepared by the brand-new Group of Producing Countries from the Southern Cone (GPS).
The world has been witnessing a significant increase in food prices. Population growth, improvements in living standards in developing countries and climate change raise a question: can the world generate food for all its inhabitants, at reasonable prices and without exhausting its natural resources? And if so, what is the role of South American countries in this challenge?
The existence of 7 billion inhabitants to feed represents a genuine challenge for food security.
The lack of food security can have a highly deleterious impact on the global community. Malnutrition, internal and external conflicts, environmentally unsafe production practices and the irrational use of natural resources are some of the potential consequences.
It is time to get down to work. Although in recent years, the agro-industrial chain has made extremely significant progress in technological and production issues, now is the time to capitalize on the opportunities for improvement that exist throughout the region.
Together, the four countries show trends that advantageously compare to the trends of other more developed countries. From the analyzed data and results we can infer that the ABPU region is successfully harmonizing its great productive potential with an environmentally sustainable agricultural policy in the long term.
After a year of groundwork and consensus-building, the GPS prepared its first paper: “Global Food Security and Agricultural Natural Resources: Role and Views of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay.”