Chapter 4

Food for All


Revolutions in Central America

Elias Zelaya's hillside farm is found near a pine forest on the edge of the remote village of Pacayas in central Honduras. Fifteen years ago, the whole community was in the doldrums. Farms were poor-quality pasture and maize land, and many had been abandoned as worthless. No child in the village had ever been to secondary school. Land prices were low, and people saw their futures only in out-migration to the city. Yet, now local farmers are in the vanguard for diverse, sustainable and productive agriculture. In the mid 1980s, Elias happened to be in the right place and was lucky. He was encouraged ...

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