Brazil: Fuel vs. Food - Spreading the Word of the Indigenous Guarani-Kaiowa

Guarani man in tribal attire © FIAN International
Guarani man in tribal attire © FIAN International

The indigenous Guarani-Kaiowá of Mato Grosso do Sul (MS), Brazil – approximately 30,000 people - have lived in poverty and without access to their ancestral lands since the spread of soy and sugarcane monocultures began in the 1970s. In November 2007, the Federal Public Ministry (MPF) and FUNAI (the National Foundation for the Support of the Indigenous Peoples) signed the Terms of Adjustment of Conduct (TAC) - an agreement in which the Government committed to identify and demarcate 36 lands of the Guarani-Kaiowá in MS by 2009. However, this has not yet taken place and the attacks on the indigenous community have continued.

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