HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Access to land and resources» in Latin America
In Latin America HEKS/EPER operates in Brazil, Colombia, Haiti, Honduras and Venezuela. Most of the people in these countries live below the poverty line and cannot meet their basic needs. The reasons for this include land evictions, political instability, insufficient government investment and recurring natural disasters. HEKS/EPER is helping to improve livelihoods and bring about a more just and peaceful society. This entails helping the rural population to obtain land titles and improve agricultural production and disaster preparedness, buttressing civil society in the defence of human rights, and supporting the government in implementing development plans. HEKS/EPER is also currently providing humanitarian aid in Haiti.
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Rural communities need unimpeded access to natural resources such as land, water, pastures, savannahs or forests if they are to develop. The possibility to use these resources is critical to fighting hunger and poverty. Agriculture is, after all, the most important source of income for many rural communities. With crop farming, small plantations, livestock rearing, fishing or gathering they can secure their food supply and generate income by selling their produce. Land also serves communities as living space and reinforces cultural and spiritual identity. Many rural communities still lack access to land or risk losing it despite existing or traditional law. HEKS/EPER therefore helps them, through numerous projects, to secure long-term access to land and resources, both practically and legally.
Promoting local development
HEKS/EPER supports rural community initiatives in Grand'Anse to promote rural development, improved income, food security, access to services and community governance.
Honduras Country Programme
Strengthening self-determination and autonomy
In southern Honduras, HEKS/EPER supports projects for the development of rural communities, the protection and defence of human rights, as well as disaster preparedness programmes.
Colombia Country Programme
Rural development and peacebuilding
In Colombia, HEKS/EPER is contributing to a more just and peaceful society and to improving the livelihoods of internally displaced families and rural communities.
Rural development and empowerment of civil society
HEKS/EPER supports rural communities in improving food security and incomes, and in the building of a strong civil society.