From the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization: Rural Development as a Path to Peace in Colombia is an Example for the World (E)
05 July 2017, Rome – Colombia’s progress in using rural development as a tool to clinch peace after more than half a century of civil war can “fill the entire world with hope and knowledge,” FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today.
“The only road to peace is the path of dialogue, negotiation, cooperation, inclusion and equity, which is also the road to sustainable development where nobody is left behind,” Graziano da Silva said. “Everybody hopes that what is happening in Colombia can be a model elsewhere.”
FAO is working with government and civil society organizations and providing policy advice on three important new institutions: national land registry, a rural development agency and a territorial renovation agency.
53 years of armed conflict ended earlier this month when members of the FARC rebel group handed over their weapons in line with a peace deal brokered over years and formalized in 2016. Land control, agricultural practices and livelihoods remain strongly affected a conflict that extended across much of the country. Relief Web