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Commune Activists Denounce Murders in Mountains of Western Venezuela

Yusmery Escobar, one of many activists demanding since last year that the government combat the assassination of rural activists

Communes and social movements have demanded that the government combat the assassination of rural activists in the mountains of western Venezuela, which they say is undermining communal organising in the region.

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Venezuelan Government to Continue Pace of Land Expropriations for “Agrarian Socialism”

The latest land occupation facilitated by the National Land Institute (INTI) is underway in the south-western state of Apure. (V

This year the Venezuelan government plans to continue its pace of land expropriations in order to move towards what it terms “agrarian socialism”.

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Two Rural Activists Murdered in Venezuela

Following the two murdered activists’ funeral yesterday, the rural organisation, to which Freddy Saya and Gerson Rojas belonge

Two rural activists were murdered in Venezuela last Friday, which a national rural workers’ organisation is attributing to the activists’ role in combating contraband and price speculation. 

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Venezuela Receives 320 Technicians from the FAO; Maduro Sets Sights on 80,000 Urban Agriculture Projects

Urban agriculture in Merida (Tamara Pearson/Venezuelanalysis)

 Three hundred and twenty Venezuelan technicians trained with support from the United Nations World Food and Agriculture Organisation are being put to work to improve domestic agricultural productivity, President Nicolas Maduro announced yesterday.

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Rural Deaths in Venezuela Politically Motivated, Linked to Paramilitaries, Rights Group Says

Venezuela's land disputes have claimed over 300 lives, according to unofficial figures from community groups (Archive)

The alleged murder of a rural worker in Lara state is the latest in a series of killings allegedly linked to paramilitaries in the far north of the Andes, according to a local human rights group.

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Venezuela Recognized for Exceptional Progress toward Reducing Malnutrition

“These countries are leading the way to a better future,” said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, shown here pres

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) recognized Venezuela as one of 18 countries that had achieved exceptional progress toward reducing the prevalence of malnutrition at its headquarters in Rome earlier today.

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Venezuelan Government Moves Forward with Seeds Law, Movements Demand Anti-GMO Measures

A banner at last week's Caracas anti-Monsanto protest (Aporrea tvi)

The Venezuelan government will continue its efforts to increase national food production and combat the use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) through a new Law on Seeds, president of the Agri-Food Development Subcommittee for the National Assembly Alfredo Ureña announced on Friday. 

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Venezuelan Peasants Relaunch the “War on Latifundio” in Lara State

"War on the large landholders - Revolutionary Current Bolivar and Zamora" (Chris Carlson/

Landless peasants from the western state of Lara announced they were relaunching the “war on latifundio” last week when hundreds of them invaded and occupied a large estate belonging to the local elite.

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Venezuelan Government Commits to Resolving Indigenous Yukpa Land Issue

Sabino Romero (archive)

Following the murder of indigenous Yukpa leader Sabino Romero three weeks ago, a committee of 17 Yukpa met yesterday with the minister for foreign affairs, Elias Jaua, who promised to make payments so their lands could be inhabited by them.

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Venezuelan Indigenous Yukpa Leader Sabino Romero Assassinated

Yukpa Chief Sabino Romero, an indigenous and land rights activist, was assassinated on Sunday night (AVN)

Indigenous Yupka chief and land rights activist Sabino Romero has been assassinated in an act which has generated public repudiation from social movements and the Venezuelan government alike. A high profile investigation into the killing has been launched. 

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Venezuelan Government Meets with Private Industries to Combat Food Shortages

Pre-cooked corn flour found in Polar storehouses (VTV)

Following a situation of some minor food shortages, combined with a private media campaign to present the situation as more serious, Venezuelan government representatives have met with private producers in order to resolve the situation.

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Venezuelan Government Accelerates Land Expropriations

Statistic indicate agricultural production in Venezuela has increased in recent years (horadecambio)

The Venezuelan government has accelerated its policy of land expropriations so far this year and intends to continue this trend in 2013, according to budget information from the National Land Institute (INTI).

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Venezuelan Government to Hold Assembly With Yukpa Indigenous Group

Yukpas outside Miraflores Palace in Caracas (Havana times)

The Venezuelan government has announced that it will hold an assembly with the Yukpa indigenous group in order to resolve the ongoing conflict over land rights in the western region of Perijá.

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Thousands of Rural Activists March in Support of Venezuelan President Chavez

Orlando Zambrano (centre), spokesperson for the CRBZ, said that the march highlighted Venezuela’s high levels of political par

Thousands of peasant workers took to the streets of Caracas last Thursday to hand over a list of programmatic suggestions to the government and to show their support for current Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

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More than 1 Million Venezuelans Benefit from Land Reform Program

The Venezuelan government's new Mission Agro Venezuela program provides assistance to farmers willing to produce for the do

The President of Venezuela’s National Land Institute (INTI), Luis Motta Dominguez, affirmed that more than 224,000 families have benefited from redistributed farmlands made available through the Chavez administration’s agrarian reform program.

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