Comité Campesino del Altiplano

Demanding a more intercultural and just society

Comité Campesino del Altiplano / Peasant Farmers Committee of the Highlands (CCDA)
Guatemala | Founded in 1982 | Thousand Currents Partner since 2016
Facebook Page: CCDA

Mission

To organize and strengthen human capacities in order to create true development actors that are committed to social causes and the consolidation of a people-led united platform for change and the establishment of a new development paradigm

Values

Equality, Solidarity, Fairness, Unity, Democratic Focus, Reflection, Collective Leadership, Discipline and Participation, and Sustainability

Overview

Comité Campesino del Altiplano (CCDA) was founded to play a role in monitoring and protecting the rights of Indigenous Peoples, whose self-determination was threatened by the government in power. The protection of human rights was and still is fundamental to the struggle for political advocacy in Guatemala. CCDA emerged as a response to aggression against Indigenous and peasant farmers, who were being persecuted, repressed, displaced, and extra judicially executed by the army. CCDA emerges to defend those who have been exploited.

Currently, CCDA operates in a different political context. Nevertheless, human rights violations persist, as well as the increasing criminalization of social movements that have led CCDA to form the following integrated programs:

  1. Rural development and agrarian reform,
  2. New organizing models for rural women and men,
  3. Production, transformation and commercialization, and
  4. Strengthening community development.

Furthermore, due to an imminent context of dispossession and land grabbing for the production and expansion of monocultures and extractive megaprojects that make Guatemala a country ever more dependent on food imports, CCDA has implementing two rural development strategies: Food Sovereignty and Production Chains.

CCDA reclaims its ancestral heritage, turning the philosophy of Buen Vivir into its inalienable right to work for human rights and Mother Earth. It is the fundamental base for building and sustaining a change platform as the roadmap to building a more intercultural and just society.

Learn more about CCDA’s work on our blog.