Grabbing Power: The New Struggles for Land, Food and Democracy in Northern Honduras


The peasant movements of the Aguán Valley of Honduras are fighting to reclaim their lands, build food sovereignty and create genuine democracy in Honduras.



By Tanya M. Kerssen, with a Foreword by Eric Holt-Giménez, Food First Books 2013

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This is the first of a series of Food First books on Land & Sovereignty. Grabbing Power unravels the history of agribusiness in Northern Honduras, from the United Fruit Company’s dominance in the early 20th century to the rise of ruthless landowner Miguel Facussé, the “oil palm grower of death.” In the face of rising landlessness and mounting repression, especially since the 2009 coup, peasant families in the Aguán Valley of Honduras have formed an impressive social movement to reclaim their lands, build food sovereignty and create genuine democracy in Honduras.

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Reader Reviews:

“I purchased this book in effort to become more informed just before going to Honduras for my first time. The book did exactly what I hoped it would. It provides the reader with neatly tied together big picture of the narrative of struggle faced by rural poor in a particular region of Honduras. I appreciated that the book was written in a concise and straightforward manner. I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking to gain a deeper awareness of historical context of Honduras’ rural poor.”

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– Tyler Wellman, August 16, 2014, review

“Brilliant review of an ugly chapter in recent history. There has been a lot of history packed in to the recent developments in Honduras. This book condenses the latest events succinctly and analytically in a format that demonstrates undeniable travesties of justice, in the name of a deeply flawed ideology of economic ‘rationalism.'”

– Warwick Fry, April 12, 2013, review

Additional information

Weight 0.5 lbs
Dimensions 8 × 5 × 0.5 in

Paperback, Ebook