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As part of the International Seminar "Rural Education, Agroecology and Peoples of the Countryside" taking place in Santiago, Chile, with the National Association of Rural and Indigenous Women of Chile, we interviewed Lirayén Reyes, a leader of the association for their youth sector.
We talked about the incorporation and capacity-building around agroecology carried out by ANAMURI as part of the Latin American Coordination of Countryside Organizations (CLOC-Via Campesina).
"How is it possible that Chile boasts abroad about being an agrifood power, when this is not true?", asked Lirayén during the interview. And she also made reference to the link between the extensive monoculture of vine and fruit for export with the poor working conditions for rural workers in Chile.
"The work of the seasonal workers does not include labor safety conditions and permanence", added Lirayén. This is possible due to the large concentration of land and the subsequent "depeasantization".
Formal education linked to the rural area aims at turning the children of peasants into migrants and the workforce of large exploitations.
"This predatory model overburdens women today", she added. "In addition to taking food to their homes and cooking, they have to get water as well", which is not available and many times is limited to one tanker that arrives to the community only twice a week, said ANAMURI´s member.
Interview by Sara Pont (Future Earth - RWR), correspondent in Santiago, Chile.
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