Indigenous and Afro-descendant communities struggle in Ecuador

The northernwestern Esmeraldas Province, a highly marginalised and invisibilized region, is home to the Chachi, Awá, and Épera Indigenous peoples, traditional Afro-descendant communities, and Mestizo people. Photo: Julianne Hazlewood

Av: Eleonora Moen och Leni Lindemann

Palm oil companies are detrimentally impacting rural livelihoods and biodiversity in northwestern Ecuador by extracting resources and polluting ancestral lands and rivers. Indigenous and Afro-descendant communities are particularly vulnerable to exploitation and health hazards posed by these companies. As an act of resistance, the communities, supported by the organisation Roots & Routes IC, have filed the world’s first constitutionally-based Rights of Nature Lawsuit to demand justice.

3 maj, 2021, Interview, Magazine

How NGOs work with organic agriculture and community development

Day farmers outside Trichy, Photo: Klara Bengtsson.

Av: Klara Bengtsson

FUF Lund Magazine has interviewed Birgitta Göransson Liste, the chairperson of the Swallows India Bangladesh to hear about work, civil society and the role of rural- and community development. The organisation has been working with rural development in India and Bangladesh for the last 60 years. One area of focus has been small-scale organic agriculture.

29 april, 2021, Interview, Magazine

The Ignorance of Indigenous Needs

Energy infrastructure in rural areas is a threat to indigenous livelihoods Photo: Jason Blackeye/Unsplash

Av: Alice Castensson och Julia Mühlhauser

The effects of climate change endanger humans all over the world. Nonetheless, indigenous people - who contributed the least - are doubled affected. As countries are increasingly implementing adaptation strategies, renewable energy is often raised as the solution - with large projects being constructed in rural areas. This however overlooks the interests of indigenous peoples living in these areas.

29 april, 2021, Interview, Magazine