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Paraguay: Upholding Land Rights for Peasants

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Paraguay: Upholding Land Rights for Peasants

A soybean plant in Paraguay

In the South American nation of Paraguay, less than 2 percent of the population owns 70 percent of the land. The rise of agribusiness, and soybean crops in particular, have exasperated the issue, displacing peasants in the Caauguazu and San Pedro regions.

As soybean farming has grown, so have land disputes. Campesinos have organized protests, road blockades and land occupations. Their efforts have been largely thwarted by paramilitary forces. 

Leticia Galeano is a campesina and youth leader from the peasant group Movimiento Agrario y Popular. She gave some background on the situation in Paraguay.

Leticia's comments were interpreted by Ruth Goring, Co-director of the nonprofit organization Across the Americas.

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