Economies of Dispossession: Women from Honduras and Guatemala in the Global Scramble for Land

economies of dispossession

Prepared for the 2016 World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty, this paper explores the impact of the land conflicts in the Polochic Valley, Guatemala and the Bajo Aguán Valley, Honduras on indigenous and 'campesino' women.

In both instances hundreds of families have been forcefully evicted from, or coerced into leaving, their lands to allow for the expansion of industrial scale sugar cane and African palm plantations, provoking a land and food crisis in both regions and a major loss of livelihoods in the affected communities.

Paper prepared for presentation at the: “2016 WORLD BANK CONFERENCE ON LAND AND POVERTY”
The World Bank - Washington DC, March 14-18, 2016