All Content: Rural Development

Ending Coca Fumigation in Colombia is the Right Call

Can Colombia Now Seize the Opportunity to Create a More Humane and Sustainable Approach to Reducing Coca Cultivation?
Analysis & Commentary
As the decades-long program of spraying coca crops with herbicides comes to an end, WOLA reflects on the history of flawed policy and what should replace it.

Biofuels: A False Global Solution and Local Destruction in Colombia

Analysis & Commentary
In this book on biofuels, WOLA Senior Associate Gimena Sanchez contributes a chapter on the impact of palm oil on displaced and Afro-Colombian communities.

Creating Peace on the Ground in Two of Colombia’s Conflict Hot Spots: Chocó and Buenaventura

In this taped event on human rights in Colombia, leading human rights defenders share on-the-ground information on the Colombian conflict and identify ways the international community can support peace.

WOLA's Advocacy on the Crisis of Migrant Children

Analysis & Commentary

May Afro-Colombian Update

In Letter to Policymakers, WOLA Highlights Continued Abuses
Analysis & Commentary
Despite the promise of a peace accord, the current situation for Afro-Colombians remains dire, as WOLA outlines in a May 2014 letter to policymakers.

WOLA Experts Visited Chocó, Colombia: Blogs from the Field

Adam Isacson's posts about conflict, displacement, illegal mining, U.S. policy - and the region's vibrant civil society
Analysis & Commentary
WOLA Senior Associate Adam Isacson's posts and photos from the road during a March 2014 trip to Chocó, in northwestern Colombia. Topics include the conflict's impact on Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities, forced displacement, illegal mining, U.S. policy – and the need to defend and work with the region's vibrant civil society.

Agreements Reached after the Peaceful Occupation of Government Offices

Colombian Government Must Comply
Analysis & Commentary
The Afro-Colombian Solidarity Network calls on the Colombian government to abide by the commitments it made to Afro-Colombian communities in Popayan, Cauca.

Bolivia is not a Narco-state

Analysis & Commentary
While it continues to struggle with drug trafficking, Bolivia has made large steps reducing coca cultivation and cocaine production in recent years.

Challenges to Land Restitution in Colombia

A conversation with Winifred Tate
The Colombian government's peace and land restitution efforts are meeting stiff resistance from elites in much of the country. Adam talks to Winifred Tate of Colby College about this dynamic.

U.S. Organizations Call for an End to Threats, Attacks, and Murders of Afro-Colombians

Analysis & Commentary
In this statement, US human rights, labor, and faith-based organizations call for an end to the violence against Afro-Colombians.

Development and Security in Tumaco, Colombia: a conversation with Sarah Krupp

A community tries to abandon coca growing, with government help. Despite initially hopeful results, risks are mounting.
Adam talks to Sarah Krupp, whose graduate work at the University of California at Berkeley took her to Tumaco, on Colombia's Pacific coast. She discusses the experience of Las Varas, an Afro-Colombian community that sought to abandon coca cultivation.

Colombia's Peace Talks Take a Big Step Forward

Good news from Havana as the government and FARC reach an accord on land tenure and rural development
Analysis & Commentary
After just over six months of peace talks, the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas have reached agreement on the first of five points on their negotiating agenda. This is very encouraging news.

U.S. Congress Supports Peace in Colombia

Analysis & Commentary
In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, 62 members of Congress call for U.S. policy to support peace with justice as the country continues negotiations to end its internal conflict.

Brazil’s Lessons in Rural Development

Family Agriculture, Access to Water, and Civic Engagement
WOLA is pleased to announce the publication of the new report, “Brazil’s Lessons in Rural Development: Family Agriculture, Access to Water, and Civic Engagement,” which highlights two Brazilian policies that support small farmers.

Colombia labor and land update

A conversation with Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli of WOLA's Andes Program
Adam talks to Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli, WOLA's senior associate for the Andes, about her recent visit to the Urabá and Atrato regions of Colombia. Topics covered include labor rights, land-rights leaders under threat, and prospects for peace talks.

Colombian Trade Unionists, WOLA, and AFL-CIO Criticize Labor Action Plan Implementation

Release Report on Human and Labor Rights in Colombia
Today Colombian trade unionists, representatives from WOLA, the Escuela Nacional Sindical, and the AFL-CIO noted during a panel discussion that the Labor Action Plan (LAP) has failed to stop serious labor and human rights violations in Colombia almost two months after the U.S.-Colombia trade agreement became effective.

Colombia Human Rights Bulletin

July 2012
WOLA would like to share these documents recently published by WOLA or organizations we work with in Colombia on labor rights and human rights issues.

Launch of "Beyond the Border Buildup"

WOLA staff discuss new report about threats, security policy, and migration at the U.S.-Mexico border
Audio from the launch of WOLA's new report on security and migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. Featuring Adam Isacson and Maureen Meyer from WOLA and Jennifer Podkul of the Women's Refugee Commission.

Obama Poised To Give Presidential Seal of Approval To Gross Labor Rights Violations in Colombia

Analysis by Gimena Sanchez-Garzoli and Anthony Dest of WOLA and Dan Kovalik of the USW
Analysis & Commentary
Despite continued anti-union violence, the high rate of impunity, serious impediments to union organizing, and the dire conditions faced by workers, President Obama is now poised to announce at the Summit of the Americas that Colombia has complied with the Labor Action Plan

Progress on Labor and Human Rights Must Come before Colombia Free Trade Agreement Goes into Force

Conflict, Violence, and Murders of Colombian Activists Concern U.S. Groups
Rather than making premature judgments about progress in labor and human rights—judgments that are not supported by facts—the U.S. should use the opportunity of the meeting in Cartagena to encourage its ally to make further reforms.