Mesoamerica

Trials and Tenacity in Honduran Women’s Struggle for Land Rights

Despite being denied, again, title to the land on which they have labored, there is no quit in this group of women from El Estribo.

Council for the Integral Development of the Peasant Woman (CODIMCA)

 The Council for the Integral Development of the Peasant Woman (CODIMCA) is the lead organization for the Women’s Regional Commission of Vía Campesina – Central America. Created in 1985, CODIMCA advocates for the social and economic rights of peasant women in Honduras and supports regional movement building initiatives in Central America between rural and urban women groups. In Honduras, the organization works in nine states through 414 community-based groups.

Youth carry the work forward

From her humble beginnings, Sayra never imagined the profound impact she would have on the global movement for food sovereignty.

Cooling and feeding the planet with agroecology

In order to fix the broken food system, we need to de-colonize our minds. What do I mean about "de-colonize"? To understand that, do this short exercise. What comes to your mind, when you hear the word “Agriculture?” Is it a tree, a head of lettuce or vast endless fields somewhere in the US Midwest? 

If the first thing came to your mind was a vast field of a single crop (such as endless rows of corn), you are certainly not alone. For decades, both consumers and farmers have been educated to think of agriculture as an industry of monocrops. The end of small, integrated farm plots (i.e. real food) coincided with the advent of industrial agriculture and the launch of the “Green Revolution.” 

Development vs. Indigenous Rights a false dichotomy

Amnesty International released a report on indigenous rights this week called “Sacrificing Rights in the Name of Development: Indigenous Peoples Under Threat in the Americas,” which exposes the impact of development projects throughout the continent. In its own words: 

Challenging Mega-Dams through the People’s Permanent Tribunal

The La Parota mega-dam being constructed in Guerrero, Mexico will displace over 5,000 families and have an indirect impact on an additional 15,000 lives.  That is unless the Assembly of Environmentally Impacted Communities (ANAA) has a say in the matter.

Along with the Council of Communal Land Owners and Communities Against Construction of La Parota Dam (CECOP) and, another Grassroots grantee, the Mexican Movement of People Affected by Dams (MAPDER), ANAA has advocated that the state and federal government withdraw its plans to build the dam.

Mesoamerica

For the 15 million indigenous people, mixed heritage (mestizo) peasants farmers and farmworkers living in Mesoamerica, globalization represents the continuity of economic, political, cultural and military colonization. Nowadays the conquistadors are corporate boosters and technocrats pushing free-trade agreements and new government concessions to extract resources. Defending their resources rights and the right to stay in their homeland, indigenous and peasant farmers in Mesoamerica form a vibrant and inspiring social movement for social and economic justice and cultural and political autonomy.

Through grantmaking, education and advocacy, our Mesoamerica program helps advance the resource rights of indigenous and mestizo farmers, with a special focus on:

Indigenous Farmers Hostage in Guatemala -- Economically and Literally

 

In this third blog of the Field Notes series, Grassroots’ Program Coordinator for Latin America Saulo Araújo analyzes the situation in which Guatemala’s indigenous Mayans are facing fear and despair in their own land. Saulo is currently visiting partners and ally organizations in Central America.
 
When they heard about the work opportunity in another town, the peasants didn’t hesitate. Within just a few days, they left home to work for Otto Salguero, a wealthy cattle rancher who reportedly had jobs for all of them. After endless hours on a bus, the men showed up to work – hard work – but together they slowly and steadily adjusted to it.