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Land Reform and Peasant Livelihoods: The Social Dynamics of Rural Poverty and Agrarian Reforms in Developing Countries

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Overview

This critical analysis of the performance of land reform programs on a world-wide basis is written by several prominent scholars who have extensive experience in field research, advisory work and the implementation of reform programs.

They provide empirical evidence from many countries how improved access to land is positively linked to production, investment, employment, food security and poverty reduction.

They examine the reasons for success and failure as well as shortcomings of past reform efforts and review the role of the different actors in this process. The book provides a timely and professionally proficient contribution to the discussion on land reform which has in recent years re-appeared on the agenda of national governments and development agencies.

The authors scrutinize the inadequacy of the market-oriented approach to land reform which is linked to the structural adjustment policies of the World Bank and advocate convincingly a flexible approach towards re-distributive reforms as the most appropriate strategy towards alleviating rural poverty.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853395277
  • Publisher: Practical Action Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Krishna B. Ghimire is Senior Researcher at UNRISD, with special interests in land reform and tourism development.
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Table of Contents

List of maps
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Contributors
Abbreviations and Acronyms
1 Land Reform at the End of the Twentieth Century: An Overview of Issues, Actors and Processes 1
2 The Role of the State and Other Actors in Land Reform 26
3 Peasant Initiatives in Land Reform in Central America 65
4 Technology and Globalization: Modern-Era Constraints on Local Initiatives for Land Reform 86
5 The Political Economy of Market-Based Land Reform 105
6 Peasants' Pursuit of Outside Alliances and Legal Support in the Process of Land Reform 134
7 Peasant Mobilization for Land Reform: Historical Case Studies and Theoretical Considerations 164
8 The Role of Peasants' Organizations in Managing Agrarian Conflict 199
Notes 230
References 235
Index 247
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