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Agriculture and food systems in Latin America and the Caribbean Region (LAC) are rightfully recognized as among the most successful on the planet . • They have fed a fast-growing global population, reduced global hunger, boosted regional economic growth, contributed to poverty reduction and shared prosperity in LAC, enabled urbanization, generated substantial exports for the region. Yet the public image of LAC agriculture and food systems as dynamic, productive, and efficient reflects only part of a more complicated reality . Recently LAC agriculture and food systems have attracted renewed attention, but often with negative connotations :

Drivers of deforestation

• Wasteful consumers of land and water resources

• Polluters of the environment

These concerns take on increased urgency in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and accelerating climate challenges

Need to re-frame the dialogue around LAC agriculture and food systems

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