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Susana Gauster and S. Ryan Isakson, 2007



The signing of the Guatemalan Peace Accords in 1996 sought to end nearly four decades of civil war and to rectify what many have identified as the root cause of the violent conflict: the country’s extremely unequal distribution of land. To achieve this aim, the agreement embraces the strategy of market-assisted land reform. The agrarian strategy has done little to level the country’s agrarian structure, however, and rather than alleviating poverty, has indebted its intended beneficiaries. In part, the failure of the program is due to the limited political and financial support that it receives from policymakers. But its shortcomings are also rooted in the inherently flawed model of market-oriented land reform, a strategy that disembeds land from its political and cultural contexts and envisions it is nothing more than a transferable commodity. To placate demands for land, Guatemalan officials have implemented a land rental program that does little to redress the deep economic inequalities that plague Guatemala and underpin its political instability. A more comprehensive land reform is justified.


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portadaEl Instituto de estudios agrarios y rurales IDEAR es un espacio de investigación-acción en construcción, que busca aportar en la generación de condiciones de vida digna en el campo guatemalteco a través de una práctica investigativa, crítica y propositiva, referente político en nuestros ejes temáticos, que aporta argumentos al movimiento popular, indígena y campesino para su accionar político.

Somos un instituto de investigación-acción con capacidad de administrar y gestionar nuestros procesos investigativos, educativos-formativos y de comunicación social, que acompaña al movimiento popular, indígena y campesino en su lucha por transformar la realidad de exclusión que se vive en el campo guatemalteco.

Editado por: Samuel Flores.