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Colombia president signs decree regulating farmers’ territories

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Bogota, Jun 26 (Prensa Latina) Colombian President Gustavo Petro on Wednesday signed a decree that regulates the so-called Territorios Campesinos Agroalimentarios (Farmers' Agri-food Territories -TECAM), which represents a step forward for the consolidation of the Agrarian Reform in the country.

The main purpose of the regulation is the recognition of the territoriality of farmers’ communities, as well as their knowledge, traditions and historic customs on agricultural work for their food sovereignty, according to a press release from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

To this end, the decree also establishes the creation of a Dignified Life Plan, which will serve as a guide for the permanence of these populations in the TECAM, whose bases are the overcoming of medium-term needs and the transformation of conflicts for agricultural development and the progress of the Comprehensive Rural Reform.

The Ministry of Agriculture commented that the signing of the decree is a fundamental step towards respect for access to land, total peace in the territories, the agri-industrialization of the countryside and the defense of the food sovereignty of rural women, young people and men.

Under the regulations, the TECAM may be established in areas where the farmers’ economy predominates, which are of special environmental and ecological interest (such as moorlands, swamps and wetlands), and in areas where these spaces contribute to the positive transformation of social, economic, environmental, use and occupation conflicts.

With the establishment of the aforementioned Farmers’ Territories, the Government also seeks to facilitate the development of agrarian public policies, contribute to the protection of biodiversity through agro-ecological practices, the promotion of the conservation of native and creole seeds, and the protection of the family, farmers’ and community agriculture, according to the decree. jg/abo/mem/ifs

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