The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People”s Army (FARC-EP) defended today the people”s right to define their own policies and strategies for sustainable production, marketing, and consumption of food.

Some minutes before restarting in this capital the fifth cycle of peace talks with the representatives of the government of Juan Manuel Santos, the chief delegate for the guerrillas, Ivan Marquez, revealed 10 minimum proposals to guarantee food sovereignty and the population’s right to a good life.

The program divulged at Havana’s Conference Center referred to ensuring an adequate, stable, healthy offering of environmentally sustainable food for consumption, based on peasant, individual, collective or associative production.

It also analyzed the need to provide protection, stimulation and subsidy to peasant food production, and also the economies of indigenous and African descent.

According to the first statement from the fifth cycle, in a dialogue process that began on November 19, participants connections between many production models are needed, with a sustained coexistence in the balance among rural economy, agribusiness, and livestock.

The FARC-EP is also calling for articulating an equitable relationship between rural producers and urban consumers, through a system of state, regional and local purchases.

Marquez reiterated once more the request that guerrilla Simon Trinidad, imprisoned in the United States, is part of the talks; “an issue that has not been resolved.”

At the end of the last cycle of talks, both parties announced they have come closer to one another on the purpose of providing progressive access to land for the majority of Colombians who do not hold it.

The agenda predicted to guide the process includes five points: guarantees for political participation, an end to armed conflict, the solution to the problem of illegal drugs, victims rights, and verification mechanisms and referendums on the agreement signed at the negotiation table.

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