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A Special Visit

Alex Salvador, a member of our Board, took time out of his home visit here in El Salvador to accompany various projects in the Bajo Lempa. These types of visits are an essential stimulant for us as staff and a way for our Salvadoran partners to share their incredible work.

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Nuestras Raíces

Nuestra organización incluye la palabra “frontera” en ella, porque nacimos en la frontera de Honduras y El Salvador, en un campo de refugiados llamado Colomoncagua.

Nuestros fundadores norteamerican@s fueron trabajadores humanitarios en el campamento, nuestros fundadores fueron médicos en plena guerra, nuestros fundadores fueron dadores de santuario, que arriesgaron sus vidas para exponer la verdad y ayudar al pueblo salvadoreño.

Ya se trate de escudos humanos, infraestructura a gran escala, legalización de tierras, financiación de bancos comunitarios … Para VOCES, todo comenzó allí. Para VOCES, el acompañamiento sigue siendo todo.

Our Roots

Our organization includes the word “border” in it, because we were born on the border of Honduras and El Salvador, in a refugee camp called Colomoncagua.

Our North American founders were humanitarian workers in the camp, our founders were doctors in the midst of war, our founders were sanctuary givers, who risked their lives to expose the truth and help the Salvadoran people.

Whether it’s human shields, large-scale infrastructure, land legalization, community bank financing … For VOCES, it all started there. For VOCES, accompaniment is still everything.

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Introducing our 2020 Annual Work Report

2020 has been a whirlwind year and we want to share it with you.

Click Here or below to read our latest annual report.

2020 VOTB Annual Work Report
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Agricultura y Alimentación en El Salvador

Más que por cualquier otro fenómeno, la historia de El Salvador está configurada por el conflicto por la tierra, originado por el carácter dual de la producción agrícola, para el comercio de exportación y a la vez para la subsistencia. Fortalecido por políticas gubernamentales que han facilitado la concentración de la propiedad de la tierra en un reducido sector económicamente poderoso, mediante procesos de expropiación y desplazamiento de la población indígena y campesina.

En este sentido, la agricultura salvadoreña adolece de problemas estructurales que tienen a la base un modelo económico excluyente de sectores productivos mayoritarios, como el de la agricultura campesina. Lo que ha llevado a la mayoría de familias rurales a subsistir en condiciones realmente difíciles, con limitado acceso a la tierra y a otros recursos productivos. La expansión del monocultivo de caña de azúcar y el uso indiscriminado de agroquímicos amplifican las dificultades.

La baja productividad agrícola del país ha generado dependencia extrema de alimentos importados, esta condición, sumada a la pobreza, profundizan la problemática alimentaria, que ya presenta índices preocupantes de subalimentación, desnutrición, retardo en crecimiento y anemia, especialmente en niños y niñas. Esta realidad aleja al Estado salvadoreño de los objetivos del derecho humano a la alimentación y de la seguridad alimentaria y nutricional.

En este contexto los conceptos de Soberanía Alimentaria y Agroecología constituyen alternativas transformadoras. Trabajar por estos propósitos es, ante todo, una cuestión de sobrevivencia, de dignidad y autonomía. Como exhortaba el pensador y poeta cubano José Martí: “Un pueblo que no consigue producir sus propios alimentos, es un pueblo esclavo.” Sobre estos y otros temas relevantes de la realidad agrícola y alimentaria de El Salvador, trata nuestro último trabajo. Elaborado con toda la rigurosidad técnica, por la profesora universitaria y socióloga María Inés Dávila y nuestro Director Ejecutivo, José Acosta.

VOCES, tiene la expectativa que este documento sea útil a las comunidades, organizaciones de base, organizaciones no gubernamentales y movimientos sociales, que luchan por el acceso a la tierra, la soberanía alimentaria y el derecho humano a la alimentación. Invitamos a leerlo y compartirlo.


 

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Agriculture and Food in El Salvador

More than any other phenomenon, the history of El Salvador is shaped by it’s conflict over land, originated by the dual nature of agricultural production for export trade and at the same time for subsistence. Strengthened by government policies that have facilitated the concentration of land ownership in an economically powerful reduced sector, through processes of expropriation and displacement of the indigenous and peasant population.

In this sense, Salvadoran agriculture suffers from structural problems that are based on an economic model that excludes the majority of productive sectors, such as peasant agriculture, what has led most rural families to endure really difficult conditions, with limited access to land and other productive resources. The expansion of sugarcane monoculture and the indiscriminate use of agrochemicals amplify these difficulties.

The low agricultural productivity of the country has generated extreme dependence on imported food, this, added to poverty, deepens the food crisis, which already presents worrying rates of undernourishment, malnutrition, growth retardation and anemia, especially in boys and girls. This reality distances the Salvadoran state from the objectives of the human right to food and food and nutrition security.

In this context, the concepts of Food Sovereignty and Agroecology constitute transformative alternatives. Working for these purposes is, above all, a question of survival, dignity and autonomy. As the Cuban thinker and poet José Martí exhorted: “A people cannot be free if they do not produce their own food.” Prepared with technical rigor by the university professor and sociologist María Inés Dávila and our Executive Director, José Acosta, our latest investigative report deals with these and other relevant issues surrounding the agricultural and food reality of El Salvador.

VOICES hopes that this document will be useful to communities, grassroots organizations, non-governmental organizations and social movements that fight for access to land, food sovereignty and the human right to food. We invite you to read and share it.