Paraguay

Action against agrochemicals in Paraguay

[img_assist|nid=97|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=150|height=113]On December 3rd, various Paraguayan civil society organizations commemorated the international day against agrochemicals. They paraded through the capital city of Asunción and its suburbs to demand that various authorities fulfill their duties of controlling and regulating agrochemicals.

Three cases were presented to the Secretary of Environment, the Municipality of Asunción and the Ministery of Agriculture: first of all, the indiscriminate use of agrochemicals in Paraguay's rural areas, second the location of a chemical factory amidst an urban area in the city of Ñeemby and finally the construction of the Cargill company’s megaport in Asuncion's harbor.

Soberanía Violada: efectos de la expansión de la soja en San Pedro, Paraguay

El rostro oculto de la soja
por David Vargas

ASUNCIÓN, nov (IPS) - Un mar de plantas de vivo color verde se extiende hasta el horizonte en el norteño departamento de San Pedro, uno de los más pobres de Paraguay, a lo largo del camino que conduce a las comunidades de Lima, Capiibary y Guayaibí, a 250 kilómetros de la capital.

Refugiados del modelo agroexportador

[img_assist|nid=168|title=|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=106|height=150]Refugiados del Modelo Agroexportador es la publicación de los resultados de una investigación llevada a cabo en el 2006 en comunidades campesinas paraguayas que viven rodeadas por los monocultivos de soja. Este estudio interdisciplinario detalla la dinámica de empobrecimiento y degeneración de las condiciones de vida de las familias que lleva a la expulsión rural y la migración hacia las ciudades. La investigación realizó un seguimiento en comunidades de diferentes puntos del país y en los márgenes de las ciudades de Asunción, Ciudad del Este y Caaguazú con el objetivo de comparar las condiciones de vida antes y después de la migración.

Repúblicas Unidas de la Soja. Realidades sobre la producción de soja en América del Sur

[img_assist|nid=167|title=|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=104|height=150]Este libro es una compilación de Ensayos sobre las consecuencias sociales, económicas y ecológicas de la expansión de los monocultivos de soja en Latinoamérica. Es el fruto de una red de militantes que estamos trabajando
en las temáticas relacionadas con los impactos del modelo agroexportador.
La compilación intenta hacer un aporte al debate político y académico en Latinoamérica, sobre las consecuencias del modelo de la soja. En este proyecto del Grupo de Reflexión de Argentina participan investigadores de Paraguay, Bolivia, Ecuador, Brasil, Argentina, Suiza y España. Las realidades que presentan los ensayos nos demuestran que la soja no es un mero cultivo, la soja es un sistema, tiene un valor geopolítico y sustenta la globalización económica de la agricultura en función de los intereses corporativos. Los impactos de este modelo trascienden las fronteras de las nuevas republiquetas sojeras. La deshumanización de la agricultura y el despoblamiento del campo a favor de los intereses corporativos se extienden tanto en los países del Norte como del Sur.

Cargill : bio-terrorism in Paraguay! Take action.

Real estate speculation caused soy expansion is leading to ever more evictions of rural families and attacks on peasant communities. The violence against the rural population is both direct and indirect. An estimated of 90,000 people are displaced from their land every year, and about six peasant leaders are being assassinated every year because they support the struggle for land reform.

This year, agribusiness is getting ready for a new mega-crop and has announced plans to cultivate 400,000 more hectares of soybean. Those monocultures are to be established in a zone traditionally dedicated to family agriculture, which implies the displacement of whole communities and the substitution of food crops by monoculture crops for export – animal feed and biodiesel feedstock.

Support Paraguayan campesino organisations by sending faxes and/or emails!

Send faxes to governmental institutions in Paraguay to support the peasant farming organisations ASAGRAPA (Asociación de Agricultores del Alto Paraná) and MAP (Movimiento Agrario y Popular). Find a sample fax in attachment. Also here updates will be posted). Members of these organisations are facing death threats, accusations and violence since the start of the soy cultivation season this year.

Campesino Community Tekojoja under attack

PRESS RELEASE november 1st

The community of Tekojoja in Eastern Paraguay has once again found itself under attack, and the Movimiento Agrario y Popular (MAP), the peasant organization involved in the community, is publicly denouncing those responsible. Ever since the beginning of the 2007/08 soy harvest, this small community has suffered the effects of contamination and violence, and an increased disregard for the applicable environmental laws (specifically Law 123/91, Decree 2048/04 and Resolution 485/03).

Tekojoja is the same community that, between 2002 and 2005, was repeatedly attacked by police and soy farmers, who destroyed crops, burnt houses, arrested residents, and eventually killed two of them. The residents, with the help of the MAP, eventually won their case against the soy farmers in September 2006, but other farmers who have full title to land near the community, have continued to cultivate soy and to use pesticides irresponsibly around houses, roads, water sources and schools.

Paraguay's Hour of Change

Raúl Zibechi - 27 September 2007

April 2008 brings presidential elections for Paraguay. For the first time in 60 years the Red Party may find itself thrown out of the presidential palace. Thus will begin the long desired and long delayed transition to democracy in Paraguay.

The 17 years of democracy since the 1989 coup that overthrew dictator Alfredo Stroessner haven't been very different from the 35 previous years. The dictator who had governed the country since 1954 was supported by the same party that still governs the country by means of clientelism, corruption, and a large dose of repression. But on March 29, 2006, the history of this suffering country appeared to undergo a drastic change: more than 40,000 people poured into the streets of the capital, Asunción, to prevent President Nicanor Duarte Frutos from running for re-election, which is prohibited by the Constitution.

El terrorismo biológico de Cargill en Paraguay: un mega puerto que peligra la vida de al menos un millón de personas.

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Asunción, 27 de Septiembre - Javiera Rulli
Abogados, miembros de la organización de consumidores ASUCOOP y el sindicato de la Empresa de Servicios Sanitarios del Paraguay ESSAP, hicieron pública su pronta gestión de presentar un RECURSO DE AMPARO AMBIENTAL, por la construcción del mega puerto de Cargill en la zona de Viñas kue, en las afueras de Asunción, capital del Paraguay.

El puerto proyectado se ubica a sólo 500 metros de las dos tomas de agua que abastecen a la capital y ciudades aledañas. Además se halla río arriba por lo cual los desechos de hidrocarburos de las barcazas, el levantamiento de los sedimentos y la deriva del polvillo y agrotóxicos de los granos afectarán inevitablemente a todo el suministro de agua potable de la región. Esta obra pone en riesgo la salud de 1.100.000 habitantes, el 95% de la población del Municipio de Asunción, los Municipios de Mariano Roque Alonso, Luque, Fernando de la Mora, San Lorenzo, Lambaré y parte de Limpio y Villa Elisa.

More violence in Paraguay against campesinos. Eviction in Yhu- Caaguazú.

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September 20th , Asunción- Paraguay

At the end of August an encampment of landless peasants in the neighbourhood of Ka´iho (district of Yhu in Paraguayan province Caaguazu) was evicted, on the orders of the district attorney for environment, Alejandrino Rodríguez. During this operation 7 people were arrested and held for 22 days on the charge of environmental crime. Only yesterday (september 19th 2007) were they released on probation.

This camp consists of 60 families, part of the regional peasant movement Movimiento Agrario y Popular (MAP). 3 months ago they occupied this domain, which forms part of a large landed estate of 3000 hectares. This estate is owned by Sr. Sapriza Núnez, who according to the MAP is a family member of current Paraguayan viceminister of Security, Mario Agustín Sapriza Núnez.

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