Private reserves blossom in Colombia


One morning early this month, Colombian soldiers and guerrillas from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) were playing cat-and-mouse near the southern end of La Cocha Lake, in the southwestern state of Nariño. Troops dressed in camouflage and black berets moved along the dirt paths of the villages, army helicopters clattered overhead and the guerrillas took to their heels, fleeing up the green-carpeted slopes of the Western Cordillera. Across the lake, 63-year-old Juan José Bonilla, seemingly unfazed by the commotion on the opposite shore, dug his hands into a pile of earthworms in his composting patch and pointed out the organically grown raspberries, onions and apples on his 10-acre (four-ha) farm, which is recognized as a private... [Log in to read more]

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