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May 2007: Tracking Agriculture in Puerto Rico

An overview of agricultural public policy

What is the role of agriculture within the PR economy?  What would happen if food imports were suddenly interrupted? Agriculture is central to any economy and Puerto Rico is no exception. It is more than farming since it touches jobs, animal welfare, socio-economic and environmental issues. Today’s agricultural industry is changing as a result of global awareness to the growing importance of environmental concerns and key issues such as the socio-economic development of rural communities and world hunger. World agricultural production must double to meet the needs of an estimated additional 3.5 billion people in 2050. This edition of Pulse analyzes recent developments within the international agricultural sector and explains what are the challenges and how PR is guiding its policy.