"We cannot depend on the government, an institution, or a party. It has to be done by ourselves." —Geraldo Fontes, MST, 2004
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As in other countries, small farmers in Brazil are being driven out of business by large multinational corporations. These companies own much of the country's richest farmland, including land often left idle.
Poor families have banded together to form the Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (MST), or Landless Workers' Movement, to settle this land and begin subsistence farming. Waving the movement's flag, settlers begin by occupying the farmland and building a new community. MST was formally named in 1984 and celebrated 20 years of activism in 2004.
Courtesy Dan Baron Cohen