Since the 1990s, thousands of Afro-descendants have been benefited with collective land rights in Colombia. However, many peasants were violently displaced to introduce industrial crops. And several groups of peasants have resisted those land grabs. By studying these processes, this book analyzes various paradoxes of recent development policies: the agribusiness expands through land grabs; land and labor conflicts overlap in regions with agribusiness; and there, both the Afro-descendants and mestizos demand land rights. The author proposes the concept of "layered inequalities" to study these processes.
Jairo Baquero Melo is researcher at the Institute for Latin American Studies at the Free University of Berlin and affiliate of desiguALdades.net.