Broken Promises: Agrarian Reform and the Latin American Campesino


"Two defining features of agriculture in Latin America are unequal resource distribution and poverty among peasant farmers or campesinos. In this historical and analytical interpretation of agrarian reforms in six Latin American countries, William C. Thiesenhusen offers an examination of the accomplishments and failures of reform efforts. He argues that bold reform policies have frequently proved to be ineffectual or have been neutralized by other actions. He shows that although most campesinos received no land at all, those who did get land were unable to obtain the inputs needed to farm efficiently. In addition, inflation and unfavorable terms of trade have further eroded reform benefits." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Boulder, CO
Publication year:
  • 1995


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