Peasant Reserve Zones project

Since January 2017, Forum Syd is implementing the project “Governance and sustainable development for peace building in Colombia: strengthening of peasant organisations and their territorial management proposals”.
March for Peace in San Vicente del Caguán (Caquetá)
March for Peace in San Vicente del Caguán (Caquetá). Photo: Duberthy Mercado

The project, developed with We Effect and the National Association of Peasant Reserve Zones (ANZORC, by the Spanish acronym), aims to strengthen the strategic capacities of more than 50 organisations that drive the creation of peasant reserve zones (PRZ) in the country, by developing their own territorial management models and plans, and improving and promoting dialogue with institutions and other rural organisations.

Consequently, it is expected that ANZORC and organisations promoting PRZs will grow as independent development actors in their territories, by developing proposals and strategies, building alliances and synergies to successfully influence public policies (locally, regionally and nationally) as well as having an impact on the territorial implementation of the Peace Agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrilla.

With the main purpose of capacity strengthening of ANZORC and its member organisations, a team of facilitators participate in the whole process, involving diagnoses, planning and implementation of development plans. Likewise, the methodologies include differentiated  perspectives such gender, environmental sustainability and conflict transformation to be implemented by the organisations.