Colombian small-scale campesino farmers need your help! They have had a very difficult time recently due to government policies, such as:
- The signing of Free Trade Agreements with the EU and the US, both of which have heavily subsidised agricultural sectors, meaning that Colombia is being flooded with cheap imports. It may be hard to believe, but Colombia has now become a coffee importer.
- Policies to promote large-scale mining projects and hydroelectric dams, meaning that land ownership is being concentrated by foreign multinational companies in what is already one of the most unequal countries in the world.
- Legislation forcing campesinos to use “certified” genetically modified seeds manufactured by companies such as Monsanto and Syngenta, a threat to food security and sovereignty, and the natural environment, in the second most biodiverse country in the world.
Agrarian protest, August 2013. Photo credit: Utopía la Palabra