In the poor, hot region of Guatemala that was home to a seven-year-old migrant girl before she died in U.S. border custody last month, palm oil cultivation is taking over from subsistence farming, adding to pressure on people to leave.
Front Line Defenders identifies the root causes of violence in Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and the Philippines, where more than 80% of the human rights defenders killed globally over the last four years were murdered.
Contamination of water sources, deplorable working conditions, and sexual blackmail in exchange for work, are some of the kinds of violence against women living in and around oil palm plantations in Guatemala and Colombia.
In agricultural frontier zones, large landowners and corporations often pressure peasants to obtain legal title to the lands they farm only to buy the lands on the cheap as soon as the title is issued.
En un país con muy poca tierra cultivable como Mauritania, empresas extranjeras compran al gobierno grandes extensiones de tierra (lo que se conoce como acaparamiento de tierra) provocando la ruina de pueblos enteros y su desplazamiento