A special forum on seeds and agriculture was hosted in Colombia last month. The forum, Good Quality Seeds: Their Role in Agriculture and Food Security, featured a review of the 2016 Global Food Security Index developed by The Economist Intelligence Unit, as well as a profile of Colombia’s results in the Index. The event was attended by representatives of government and private enterprise who discussed the challenges of food security and their respective roles in the agricultural sector in the country.
Rodrigo Aguilera, an analyst with The Economist Intelligence Unit, presented the results of the GFSI. Aguilera talked about Colombia´s food security-related strengths and weaknesses, and year-on-year changes in the GFSI. He also mentioned that public policy in Colombia should focus on field productivity.
Round table discussions were moderated by Leonardo Ariza, general manager of Acosemillas. The discussion focused on the role of each player at the Forum in improving agricultural infrastructure, supplying micronutrients, and Colombian field issues – bearing in mind the country’s current social and political situation. Ariza reminded those present that the current peace process opens new opportunities for agriculture in Colombia.
The Good Quality Seeds: Their Role in Agriculture and Food Security forum was coordinated by Acosemillas, a national leader in the agricultural industry in Colombia that focuses on seeds and agricultural sector development. The Global Food Security Index is sponsored exclusively by DuPont.