Paraguay

Paraguay

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In Paraguay, land is still a factor that determines the living conditions of a majority of the population. Current land tenure is characterized by a huge concentration of land being put in the hands of a small group of landowners. This unequal distribution of land is the result of a long and contentious history that has caused the dispossession and uprooting of thousands of men and women in the countryside. Meanwhile, others have managed to remain in their communities through enormous sacrifice and willpower.

The factors that caused this complex and system of land tenure are multiple. One of them is legislation regarding land ownership and access for the peasant and indigenous populations. However, it is important to mention that the current legislation has positive and negative characteristics. What aggravates the rural population’s situation is the way in which these laws are applied in practice by relevant agencies, where in certain respects they are rigorously enforced while in others the laws only exists on paper, as they are systematically violated to the detriment of peasants and indigenous people.

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Land Governance Assessment Framework (LGAF)

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Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure

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Note: The Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries, and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (The VGGTs) were endorsed by the Committee on World Food Security in 2012.

The "VGGT indicators" dataset has been created by Nicholas K. Tagliarino, PhD Candidate at the University of Groningen. The indicators of this dataset assess national laws against Section 16 of the VGGT standards on expropriation, compensation, and resettlement.

Each indicator relates to a principle established in the VGGTs.

Answering the questions posed by these indicators entails analyzing a broad range of national-level laws, including national constitutions, land acquisition acts, land acts, community land acts, agricultural land acts, land use regulations, and some court decisions.

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“We are all under threat”: Interview with Alicia Amarilla of Conamuri about land conflicts in Paraguay

Date: 4 February 2017

Source: Radio Mundo Real

The main conflicts in Paraguay are related to land and the territory, and peasant women are at the forefront of evictions, said Alicia Amarilla, leader of the National Coordination of Rural and Indigenous Women (CONAMURI), member of CLOC – Vía Campesina.

Paraguay's Congress Seeks Solutions to Evicted Farmers

Residents were attacked by police forces Monday in order to evict them in Guahory, in the department of Caaguazu.

Responding to the urgent request of Paraguayan campesinos, who were violently evicted from their land, Paraguay's Permanent Legislative Commission held a meeting with the National Institute of Rural and Land Development, INDRT, director Justo Cardenas to try to resolve the issue.

Latin America, Caribbean could be first developing regions to eradicate hunger

By: Susan Reidy

Date: 27 January 2017

Source: World Grain 

Latin America and the Caribbean could be the first developing regions to completely eradicate hunger if its governments further strengthen their implementation of a food security plan developed by the CELAC bloc, the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva said on Jan. 25.

Paraguay Police Repress Displaced Campesinos Fighting for Land

Date: 3 January 2017

Source: Telesur

A land conflict continues to brew after some 200 campesino families were evicted from the Guahory community in September.

In the latest spate of violent repression linked to heated land conflicts in Paraguay, police cracked down Tuesday on a group of displaced campesinos who were occupying disputed lands, arresting at least 12 and injuring several more, local media reported.

Debate

Urban Land Conflicts in Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, January 23, 2017 to Friday, February 24, 2017
Facilitators
Raquel Ludermir Bernardino
Maria Luisa Alvarado

In Latin American and the Caribbean region (LAC), millions of families lack access to land for shelter or live in insecure tenure under a constant threat of being evicted from their homes. Land conflicts and forced evictions are increasingly reported and a key issue in the advocacy agenda of civil society and grassroots organizations.

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Collective property in South America, challenges and prospects

Sunday, October 23, 2016 to Friday, November 25, 2016
Facilitators
Alejandro Diez
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Sergio Coronado
Juan Pablo Chumacero

Generally, most rural land in the world has been in the hands of local peasant communities and indigenous peoples under customary land tenure systems; historically although, land ownership in rural areas, and natural resources contained in it, have been a source of tension between different actors with different ways to understand and take ownership. In this conflict of interest, usually rural and indigenous communities with collective forms of property, have lost out.

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Agenda Experts Group Meeting ?Responsible Governance and Secure Tenure of Urban and Peri-Urban Land in Latin America and the Caribbean: Analysis of 10 Countries?.

Agenda of the Experts Group Meeting about to review the preliminary Report ?Responsible Governance and Secure Tenure of Urban and Peri-Urban Land in Latin America and the Caribbean: Analysis of 10 Countries?, held in San José, Costa Rica, in July 2016. This study aims to generate recommendations for partnerships, collaboration, and action to advancing responsible governance, and land tools for access to and secure land tenure, and contribute to the effective implementation of the New Agenda Urbana in the Latin America and Caribbean region.

Resource information

July 2016

Concept Note Experts Group Meeting ?Concepts, Contexts, and Solutions for Responsible Land Governance, and Secure Tenure in Latin America and the Caribbean?

Concept Note of the Experts Group Meeting ?Concepts, Contexts, and Solutions for Responsible Land Governance, and Secure Tenure in Latin America and the Caribbean?, held in San José, Costa Rica, in July 2016. The aim of the study is to generate recommendations for partnerships, collaboration, and action to advancing responsible governance, and land tools for access to and secure land tenure, and contribute to the effective implementation of the New Agenda Urbana in the Latin America and Caribbean region.

Resource information

July 2016

List of Participants – Responsible Governance and Secure Tenure of Urban and Peri-Urban Land in Latin America and the Caribbean

List of Participants of the Experts Group Meeting about Responsible Governance and Secure Tenure of Urban and Peri-Urban Land in Latin America and the Caribbean, held in San José, Costa Rica, in July 2016. This study aims to generate recommendations for partnerships, collaboration, and action to advancing responsible governance, and land tools for access to and secure land tenure, and contribute to the effective implementation of the New Agenda Urbana in the Latin America and Caribbean region.

Resource information

July 2016