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The Government of Guatemala not long ago declared it will offer land for 158 of the forced out families on September 14, 2013, considering tension from the Guatemalan organization Marcha Indígena Campesina y Popular. Oxfam’s GROW campaign also gave the government a petition, with 107,000 signatures from 55 countries, on April 22
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights urged the Guatemalan government in June 2011 to aid the families by supplying food, security, health care, and housing, the government took no substantial step to comply, says Oxfam’s agriculture policy advisor Stephanie Burgos.
As published in local press articles, by 2010 the company’s land was displayed in for public auction. Families who had to depart the valley a number of years beforehand elected to go back in late 2010 to cultivate and utilize the land food.
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In March of 2011, 769 family groups were by force removed from the Polochic Valley. Their crops and residences were burned, and 3 campesinos died amid the eviction by security forces of the Guatemalan government and the company.
Notably smaller growers in Guatemala bear an inconvenience as a result of ambiguous real estate rights. As soon as the government designates land to big business enterprises, farmers with no undeniable title may possibly be taken off their farm land.
The Polochic Valley region in the northwest of Guatemala is one of the locations the authorities has targeted for boosted sugarcane farming. The displaced farmers had few options but to seek refuge in the unproductive and steep lands of the Sierra de las Minas mountains.
“The women and men farmers from the Polochic Valley do not want bags of food or fertilizer,” Burgos says. “They only want the land, where they have lived and grown their food for generations, returned.”.