Al Jazeera reports that the rapid expansion of palm oil plantations in Guatemala has intensified and sparked land conflicts, water shortages and labour disputes. Indigenous Q’eqchi’ communities in eastern and northern Guatemala are bearing the brunt of the problems.
- Families do not have enough land to survive from subsistence and market agriculture.
- The land in Q’eqchi’ territory is largely in the hands of ranchers, large landowners and mining and palm companies.
Q’eqchi’ families are now increasingly joining the US-bound exodus of Guatemalans.
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