Ricardo talks Agricultural Improvements and Food Sovereignty under FMLN
Part two of an interview with CONFRAS’ Ricardo Ramirez, social organizer, marking 4 years of the FMLN administration. CONFRAS is the Confederation of Federations of Agricultural Cooperatives from the Agricultural Reform. CONFRAS connects federations of agricultural cooperatives throughout El Salvador, facilitating economic and social development for its members of national agriculture cooperatives.
What improvements have you seen within the agricultural sector?
Distribution of agricultural packets to farmers has improved. Previously, the packets were used to make the rich richer. The government provided seed from former ARENA party leader Alfredo Cristiani’s seed company, Semillas Cristiani Burkhard. (The first ARENA president, Alfredo Cristiani, remains one of the most powerful businessmen in El Salvador.) Now, things are different. The government is giving out 375,000 agricultural packets to Salvadoran farmers. And, they’re doing something important: they’re not buying seed from Cristiani or Monsanto. Instead, they’re buying from Salvadoran cooperatives. Within CONFRAS’ network of cooperatives, 5 cooperatives are producing seed for the agricultural packets. Read More »