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National Confederation of Peasant Organizations (CNTC)
The National Confederation of Peasant Organizations (CNTC) was formed on January 21, 1985 as part of a unifying strategy of five peasant organizations in Honduras. A self-identified peasant organization CNTC advocates for rural development policies that address the social, cultural and economic rights of peasant families. To accomplish that goal, CNTC supports the leadership development of peasants in decision-making spaces, and establishes strategic alliances at national and international levels with these objectives:
- Defend peasant families’ rights to land, water and food. CNTC promotes the idea that peasant families should be able to live comfortably and sustainably, so they can fully develop their skills and knowledge and help to influence political, economic and social development in Honduras. Toward this strategic direction, CNTC dedicates itself integrally to land reclamation processes in rural communities by providing organizational, legal and political support to participant families.
- Defend women’s rights and leadership. CNTC is engaged in different initiatives through the Via Campesina that address the rights and leadership of peasant women within member organizations and policy making spaces. CNTC’s Women’s Sector has led different actions to address issues of machismo within the organization and in communities in general. The women of CNTC currently lead several land reclamation initiatives and provide organizational support to women who are on the frontlines of the struggle for land and economic rights.
- Foster new alliances with the popular movement in Honduras and Central America. CNTC is member of the Via Campesina and the National Front of Popular Resistance. The organization works together with different local, national and international organizations to advance peasant rights to land and food sovereignty.
CNTC has created a permanent program of basic education for peasants. The goal is to eliminate illiteracy among peasants and provide more opportunities for leadership development, so new leaders can emerge and so that the organization (and the peasant movement as whole) are able to accomplish the mission of integral agrarian reform and food sovereignty.