Post Conflict Cultural Plans Seek to Benefit Peasantry: Arcadia Interviews Rafael Pardo (S)
Rafael Pardo, Colombia’s Minister for the post conflict and a man with decades experience in negotiating with insurgencies, was interviewed by ‘Arcadia’ on the partnership with the Ministry of Culture for implementing the peace agreement with FARC.
The coca leaf has been part and parcel of the culture of indigenous and peasant communities for millennia. What alternatives does the government offer to the peasants whose culture, economy and food is supported by this plant?
We want to set up a dialogue with the organizations of peasants who cultivate coca and present to them the the options offered by the government. Money has been allocated for projects to will replace these crops. Our plan is to make available food assistance resources linked to employment for one year. There are 50,000 places available for those who decide to become part of the project. After the process, we will seek to work for two years with alternative programs that will replace the production of coca crops. We hope to establish a real dialogue around this issue and to develop new cultural projects to benefit the peasantry. Arcadia