Peasant Agriculture vs Agribusiness

Peasant agriculture is a way to combat the growth of agribusiness and its consequences. The data collected in the Soja al Cuello 2023 Report show that under Abdo Benítez policies continue to favor a genetically modified agribusiness model that harms the country's peasantry and agriculture.

In recent years, peasant agriculture has lost more than 50.000 hectares and the agricultural sector has lost another 110.000 hectares. Despite the rise of agribusiness, this does not mean that the supply of food will increase. An example of this is that from 2019 to 2020, food imports increased by 28,2% and according to SENAVE, food imports increased from 242.648 tons to 338.403 tons, representing a cost of 600.000.000 USD. The model based on agricultural production as a business has serious consequences social and environmental and generates food insecurity for Paraguayan families.

Peasant agriculture as a solution to crises

Meanwhile, the agricultural census does not take into account the subsistence crops of some 40.000 farming households, much less the important role that subsistence crops play in feeding farming families. An example of the value of growing food in an agricultural community is the case of the El Triunfo community in Alto Paraná, where 264 peasant families prioritized food production to face the severe crisis caused by the pandemic and the prolonged drought, trying to survive and improve your income. The production was such that they were even able to donate food to the sectors most affected by the crisis, demonstrating that the farmers' production is environmentally and economically sustainable.

Commitments to family and peasant agriculture and food sovereignty are essential to address the disastrous consequences of the country's agribusiness model.

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