Trouble Brewing

Climate change, speculation and coffee

Noticed higher prices for coffee? Coffee prices, along with many other agricultural commodities, have increased dramatically over the past few years, reaching levels not seen in over 30 years. Why the sudden increase? Two of the factors to blame are climate change and speculation.

Coffee requires a long rainy season and a long hot, dry season to flourish. In Nicaragua and Guatemala, farmers have reported rain during the dry season and drought during the rainy season, and say that as a result, (more…)

Recent reports on Colombia

Trade union rights, forced disappearances and the para-political scandal

In February and March of this year, CoDev was pleased to host Colombian human rights partner, Berenice Celeyta of NOMADESC. Her visit included time in Ottawa, Vancouver and Regina meeting with union leaders and activists, government officials, MPs and other interested Canadians. In Berenice’s presentations to Canadians she spoke about the new government of President Juan Manuel Santos who became President in August 2010. She said that although his discourse was nicer sounding than that of his predecessor, Alvaro Uribe who was infamous for calling people terrorists or guerrilla sympathizers, most Colombians see that little has changed with this new government.

She reminded Canadians that it is important to remember that Juan Manuel Santos was Defence Minister under the Uribe regime during a time when human rights violations, including the abhorrent practice of (more…)

Peru Elects a New President

What does Ollanta Humala’s victory mean to Peruvian Educators and Education?

The election June 5th of centre-left presidential candidate Ollanta Humala of the Peruvian National Party could signify important changes for CoDev’s partner, the Peruvian Education Workers’ Union (SUTEP) and for public education in the Andean country.

During the 1990 – 2000 dictatorship of Alberto Fujimori, SUTEP lost its legal status and numerous teacher activists were imprisoned. In the decade since the fall of Fujimori, elected neoliberal presidents continued the assault against the teachers’ union. The offensive reached its height in 2007 when (more…)

Zelaya’s Return

What does it mean for Hondurans?

Honduras MuralTwo years after the 2009 coup against his presidency, Manuel Zelaya returned to Honduras on Saturday (May 28th), to a crowd of thousands. While the Resistance is not declaring victory, they recognize the agreement offers a possible opening for reforming the constitution which was the original proposal and remains a demand from the resistance front.

CoDev’s partners are (more…)

Young Worker’s Delegation 2011

Sign Up for CoDev’s Young Worker’s Delegation to Honduras and El Salvador! Nov 30th- Dec 9th, 2011