Indigenous peoples and small-scale farmers in Guatemala, especially women, are facing an ongoing threat to their existence due to loss of their land to agribusiness plantations. Indigenous communities in the municipality of Raxruhá in Alta Verapaz are confronting land grabbing by palm oil companies. The State of Guatemala must recognize community land rights, and governments and international institutions must take responsibility for failures of land administration programs as indigenous peoples and rural communities face worsening inequality.

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Doug Hertzler
 September 2017