Agriculture

Colombia Agriculture

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.