Is the United Nations’ alternative development programme acting as camouflage for the cocaine trade in the Peruvian Amazon? This is the potentially scandalous possibility raised by a documentary which was aired recently on the German TV channel, WestDeutscher RundFunk.
Sea lo que sea, la economía del Perú es extractivista. Es decir, las ganancias se generan mediante la extracción de una variedad de recursos naturales, que no suelen ser procesados, antes que se exportan a mercados extranjeros. Viajando por carretera desde Lima a Pucallpa, la ciudad más grande de la región amazónica de Ucayali, se … Continue reading Cinco cosas que aprendí sobre la palma aceitera en Ucayali
Whatever else it may be, Peru’s economy is essentially extractivist. Which is to say, profits are generated through the extraction of a range of natural resources, which normally undergo minimal processing, before being exported to foreign markets. Travel by road from Lima to Pucallpa, the largest city in the Amazonian region of Ucayali, and you … Continue reading Five Things I Learnt About Oil Palm in Ucayali
El Dorado, “an inexhaustible treasure trove”, “the last, as yet unfinished page of Genesis”; for centuries, the Amazon has been the site of utopias, real and imagined. These have often been home-grown, as with so many indigenous millenarian movements: from the 16th century Tupí in search of the ‘Land Without Evil’ to the Ashaninka whose … Continue reading Whose Development? Indigenous Peoples and Megaprojects in the Peruvian Amazon