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Ache children play with bubbles while celebrating the 12th anniversary of the village of Kuetuvy, Paraguay, Jan. 20, 2013 (AP photo by Jorge Saenz).

Can Forest Traditions Help the Ache People Survive in Modern Paraguay?

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Southeast Paraguay would look a lot like Iowa were it not for the small patches of jungle sticking out of its rolling hills of corn and soybeans. Agriculture has become the cornerstone of the country’s economy over the past several decades, but the rainforest that was sacrificed to make that happen remains in bits and pieces, trying to hold on.

Paraguay’s changing natural landscape has raised doubts about how the small country will balance both its economic and environmental needs. The government’s inability to reconcile them so far has created major—albeit often unnoticed—social conflicts in the southeast, especially for the many indigenous communities that live there. ...

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