“The naya's peace model tells us the story of two sister communities sharing the same territory, indigenous and afro-descendant community, who agreed on how their common territory should be managed.”
Piedad Echeverry, professional in Incoder
The Colombian national Development Plan, 2014-2018 "Todos por un nuevo país" ("All for a new country"), considers rural development as a priority for peace and poverty reduction. It recognizes the diversity of rural areas and takes into account the characteristics, potential and vocations within each territory. The EU supports with €39.2 million (for the same period) the Ministry of Agriculture and the Colombian Institute for Rural Development (Incoder) through the "Sector Budget Support for Rural Development with Territorial Approach -DRET" programme.
The programme is supporting the provision of land to poor farmers in rural areas
The Naya region suffered the worst massacres in the history of conflict in Colombia.
Last November 2015, 52 Afro-Colombians communities from this region received the titling of around 178,000 hectares of land, which has been historically inhabited. Today 3,780 families are legal owners of their collective territories; their tenure rights have been finally recognized.
Piedad Echeverry, local official of Incoder, says ”after the massacre of 2001, we tried to reconstruct the social structure among indigenous and afro-descendant communities. We started to forgive each other in a peaceful manner, knowing that the territory was no more a matter of conflict and that the government was there to guide us, in this process.”
During the event "Cultivando saberes, hilando culturas, tejiendo paz”, 1 000 Afro-Colombian and indigenous men and women received collectively land titles. Rodrigo Castillo, community leader in the Naya region, says "land titling is an act of justice and the guarantee that our community can develop without fear, in the land that has been ours for centuries."
"I feel a great emotion; I never thought I would have this land title in my proper hands. The nayeros spirit is with us, we can now make use of our territory without fear of losing it again" says Lorenza Angulo, a community leader in the naya region.