The International Soy Market - A Fair Production Alternative for Smallholders in Paraguay?
Johannes Mössinger, Matthias Siebold
University of Hohenheim, Inst. of Agricultural Sciences in the Tropics (Hans-Ruthenberg-Institute), Germany
Ranking fourth in the list of soy exporters, behind the big global players Brazil, USA and Argentina, Paraguay is stirring up in the world of soy business. Currently Paraguay is reforming its policies for the agricultural sector to meet the demand of the global markets and to be part of the global bioeconomy. Its soy frontier is expanding, and processing facilities are installed to enhance the soy value chain. An international civil organisation, called Round Table on Responsible Soy, promises good agricultural practices and environmental responsibility. Smallholders, as a significant part of the Paraguayan agricultural sector, struggle to cope with the environmental damage caused by cash crop production for export, social conflicts related to land ownership, a lack of suitable cash crops alternatives and start to plant soy.
Keywords: Bioeconomy, mathematical programming, net-map, Paraguay, smallholder, soy
Contact Address: Johannes Mössinger, University of Hohenheim, Inst. of Agricultural Sciences in the Tropics (Hans-Ruthenberg-Institute), Wollgrasweg 43, 70599 Stuttgart, Germany, e-mail: moessinguni-hohenheim.de