A desperate and largely unknown humanitarian crisis is deteriorating in the Lake Chad Basin region of West Africa, forcing millions of people to flee their homes and leaving millions more in need of humanitarian assistance. Oxfam is providing life-saving support but help is urgently needed to prevent the crisis turning into a catastrophe.
Soybean production in Paraguay now takes up 80 per cent of cultivated land, displacing agricultural production by family farmers and indigenous populations and deepening inequality in access to land.
Among the agribusiness companies involved in soy monoculture in Paraguay, the company Desarrollo Agrícola del Paraguay sought to distinguish its activity in the sector by adopting a policy of social and environmental responsibility and investing in community-based initiatives. The results are analyzed in this report.
It finds that the company’s efforts have not compensated for the negative impacts of a model of production that:
- increases the concentration of land and wealth;
- contaminates the environment;
- harms people’s health;
- competes for limited resources
- and puts at risk the traditional livelihoods of small-scale farmers and indigenous communities.
Read the blog: Paraguay's soy boom: a blessing or a curse?
Synthesis of an online debate: The Future of Agriculture