2009 Special Broadcasts / Agrofuels in Colombia

International Verification Mission on Agrofuels in Colombia

  • 18 September 2009 | |

    Weakening Strategies

    Another postponement of hearing to sugarcane workers from Valle del Cauca

    For the fifth time, and a few hours before it was supposed to take place, the State Attorney´s Office postponed a public hearing prior to the trial against four sugarcane workers and two people who joined them in a strike in 2008 against sugarcane employers. Read more

  • 19 August 2009 | |

    From Regional to Global Sovereignty

    Regional Forum against Agribusiness in Paraguay. Interview with Alberto Villarreal

    On Friday, in Asunción, Paraguay, the Regional Forum against Agribusiness will start its sessions. The forum was called by La Via Campesina, the World March of Women and Friends of the Earth International, aiming at articulating regional and global actions against agribusiness. Read more

  • 27 July 2009 | |

    The color of land

    The Process of Black Communities in Colombia (PCN), which comprises over 80 African-Colombian organizations, was one of the networks calling the International Verification Mission on Agrofuels, where Real World Radio participated. Read more

  • 23 July 2009 | |

    More Displacements

    123 families were evicted from Hacienda Las Pavas, in El Peñón, Colombia, despite international requests against it.

    Contrary to what is provided by law, 123 families from Bolivar department, Colombia, were evicted on Tuesday, July 14th. The case was brought by the International Verification Mission on Agrofuels in Colombia before different government authorities. However, their indifference continues. Read more

  • 19 July 2009 | |

    In the Spotlight

    Interview with Gabriel Enau, member of La Via Campesina Colombia

    The struggle for the rights of peasants and mining workers of the southern region of Bolivar, Colombia, took one of Gabriel Enau´s children away. He was murdered by the paramilitary forces. However, this did not drive Enau away from his goal to organize the poorest populations of the countryside to fight for their right to land and a dignified life. Read more

  • 7 July 2009 | |

    Cultivating Dirty War

    Interview with Juan Manuel Garces on the links between agrofuels and Plan Colombia

    Scientist and researcher of the region of Valle del Cauca, Juan Manuel Garces is a member of the Latin American Center of Prospective and Strategy. His participation in the formal meeting between the International Mission of Verification on Agrofuels in Colombia and the local environmental authority (CVC) set a clear relation of forces to explain the agrofuel boom, related with the US military plans in Colombia. Read more

  • 6 July 2009 | |

    Dead Rivers

    Avelino Castillo, resident of Cauca Viejo, and his survival in the green desert of sugar cane

    Sugar cane is expanding, poisoning and isloating the residents of El Hormiguero, in the city of Cali, Colombia. Even though the law sets protection areas along the rivers, these crops destined for ethanol production are being harvested virtually on the river. Read more

  • 19 June 2009 | |

    Land Pillage

    Displacement of people to open doors for corporations. Interview with Danilo Rueda, from the Commission for Peace and Justice, Colombia

    Today, there are over 300 thousand hectares grown with crops aimed at agrofuel production in Colombia, especially oil palm and sugarcane. However, Alvaro Uribe´s administration wants to triple the area and reach 1 million hectares, although other estimations state that the area which will be potentially planted with fuel crops can reach 3 and a half million hectares. Read more

  • 4 June 2009 | |

    Forestry Abundance, Human Void

    Interview with Diego Alejandro Cardona (CENSAT Agua Viva) on monoculture plantations in Colombia

    In Colombia, tree and palm oil plantations represent two ends of the same cord: agribusiness and monocultures. Thousands of hectares are literally invaded by these cellulose, disposable packages, ethanol and biodiesel agribusiness, resulting in a harmful human void and scarcity of natural resources. Read more

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