ESSAY OF THE WEEK
Rural Regeneration, Not Walls
It’s one of the most politically charged debates today, especially in the U.S. and Europe—the so-called “immigration crisis.”
Inter Press News Service reports:
Recent elections around the world have clearly shown growing public support for candidates and political parties advocating the deportation of migrants and stricter restrictions on immigration, including halting it altogether. At the same time, opposition, challenges and resistance to deportations and immigration restrictions have become more widespread, visible and vocal.
Is there a better solution than building walls?
OCA’s Ronnie Cummins recently participated in the Summit on Migrants and Returnees in Quetzaltenango (Xela), Guatemala, where he heard this over and over from attendees: If people could make decent livings in their own countries and communities, they’d much rather stay home, than migrate to where they aren’t wanted.
Could the creation of local, grassroots-powered economic development projects based on regenerative food, farming and land-use practices make that possible?
Regenerative agriculture projects are already popping up in rural communities—in Guatemala, Mexico and Honduras. They are restoring local food sovereignty, healthy soils—and hope.
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