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CENTRAL AMERICA: Water as a ‘Divine Gift’

53644-20101123“Many people still believe that water is a gift from God.” This statement from a Guatemalan scientist alludes to Central America’s neglect of its water resources – – and the subsequent impact on agriculture.


Globalization has replaced labour intensive mode of agriculture to capital-intensive mode. Agri-business corporations have diversified in aqua and shrimp cultivation. There has been continuous exodus of people from rural areas for want of jobs. India has done away with restrictions on agricultural products thereby becoming an open field for agri-business making way for the entry of corporations in a big way. Unskilled and semi-skilled workers involved in agricultural and agricultural-related activities are traditional artisans are phased out. People’s control over their resources is lost. Communities who were guarding, conserving and multiplying their natural assets for generations have been displaced. We have had more than 10,000 suicides of farmers in the southern states of India in the last five years. With over 70% people in the agricultural sector, we have experienced a major crisis in the field.