Guatemala City, by Brenda Larios -AGN- As part of the agreements signed on Wednesday by President Bernardo Arévalo and the country’s farmer organizations, the Government announced the creation of a farmer’s council to follow up on the agreed issues.
The document signed by the president remarks: “To follow up on the fulfillment of the agreed commitments, as well as to strengthen trust between the farmers’ organization and the Government, a political and a space is agreed upon, made up of a farmers’ council.”
These agreements will provide assistance to agricultural conflicts, farmer development, access to land, and rural productivity. President Arévalo opens a new opportunity for national development.
About the council
The farmer council will initially be constituted by two representatives from each of the following organizations:
- Comité de Unidad Campesina (CUC)
- Comité Campesino del Altiplano (CCDA)
- Unión Verapacense de Organizaciones Campesinas (UVOC)
- Central de Organizaciones Indígenas Campesinas Ch’orti’ (Nuevo Día)
The Private Secretariat of the Presidency represents the government through its Undersecretariat for Dialogue and top-level officials by the specific commitments to be addressed.
The agreements include: “The President will delegate to the President’s Private Secretariat the responsibility to closely follow up on the progress being made.”
The Private Secretariat will permanently contact the farmers’ council and will encourage the necessary sectoral coordination. With this, Guatemala Avanza has a renewed and sustainable agrarian institutionality to implement an agricultural policy with the necessary intertemporal framework.
The Private Secretariat of the Presidency, through the Undersecretariat for Dialogue, will promote the participatory construction of a strong and legally sustainable institutional mechanism, which will be responsible for formulating and implementing the agrarian policy.
President Bernardo Arévalo signed the document, which will result in the beginning of a process to address the country’s structural issues, which have been neglected for centuries. It will also strengthen the democratic conviction that dialogue is how to find sustainable solutions to national problems.
The document was signed by the president and the representatives of the farmers’ organizations involved in this process. This historic event for Guatemala was held at the Patio de Paz in the Palacio Nacional de Cultura.