Agronomist Describes CAFTA From the Guatemalan Point of View

October 22nd, 2004 by Adam

Guatemalan agronomist, Carlos Humberto Muralles will discuss the impact of the proposed Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) on the citizens of both the U.S. and Central America at 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 26. The free public program will be held in Frost Academic Commons at Plymouth State Unviersity, as part of an annual tour of speakers from Guatemala organized by, the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala and locally sponsored by the Latin American Studies Council of Plymouth.

Muralles is an agronomist whose rural Guatemalan organization, CEIBA (Association for Community Promotion and Advancement), works with alternative agriculture, biodiversity, micro-credit projects, and food security, including issues involving genetically modified food crops.
“We are privileged to have Carlos speak here, especially at this time when we may expect a vote in Congress shortly after our November 2 elections,” said NISGUA member Chris Hansen of Alstead, NH. “We can expect that implementing CAFTA, like NAFTA (the North America Free Trade Agreement among the US, Mexico, and Canada), will siphon off jobs from the US. But we also need to hear how it is expected to impact the people of Central America. Sr. Muralles will explain in detail what this means for Guatemala.”

For more information about Tuesday’s event at Plymouth State call Professor William Taffe (535-2530) or Professor Sheryl Shirley (535-2498).