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February 13th, 2008

IPS Latin America has just launched a new radio service in Aymara, Quechua and two Maya languages, working with the community radio network AMARC-Pulsar. The radio broadcasts are part of a special coverage of indigenous peoples in Latin America focused on land and rural issues, which is being supported by IFAD, the International Fund for Agricultural Development.

Two out of ten citizens in Latin America and the Caribbean live and work in rural areas, with more than 74 million living in poverty. Indigenous women and men, peasants, day labourer, river peoples and gatherers live in some of the areas of the most important biological diversity in the planet. Latin America has 25 per cent of the world’s forests and is one of the main producers of raw materials. Furthermore, it is the target of ambitious natural resources exploitation and infrastructure projects.

Read coverage at Voces de la Tierra website in Spanish, or at the Indigenous Peoples website in English.

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