Poised to grow at an exponential rate in the following years, Colombia’s agriculture sector will be the first to see the benefits of the signing of a historic peace agreement between the government and FARC, a guerilla group that has waged armed conflict in the country for more than half a century. Land, affected by inequality in both distribution and ownership and its impact on rural activity, was at the heart of the conflict, and land rights were one of the most disputed clauses in the…
From The Report: Colombia 2017
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Poised to grow at an exponential rate, Colombia’s agriculture sector will be the first to see the benefits of the signing of a historic peace agreement between the government and FARC. Vast untouched areas that have been inaccessible and unproductive for decades could well become the motor of growth the sector needs. Well-targeted investment could increase agricultural production by 8-10%. Many in the country believe the development of agro-industry will have the potential to promote rapid growth and a much needed restructuring of the agriculture industry. These and other ingredients make Colombia one of the most attractive countries for investment, and agri-business opportunities abound as the country’s role as a global food supplier continues to grow. This chapter features interviews with Roberto Vélez Vallejo, CEO, Colombian Coffee Growers Federation; and Rafael Mejía López, President, Colombia Commodities Exchange.