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New Recommended Book on Agrarian Reform


Promised Land: Competing Visions of Agrarian Reform

edited by Peter Rosset, Raj Patel and Michael Courville

with a Foreward by Carmen Diana Deere

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Agrarian reform is back at the center of the national and rural development debate, a debate of vital importance to the future of the Global South and genuine economic democracy.  The World Bank as well as a number of national governments and local land owning elites have weighed in with a series of controversial policy changes.  In response, peasants, landless, and indigenous peoples' organizations around the world have intensified their struggle to redistribute land from the underutilized holdings of a wealthy few to the productive hands of the many.

The essays in this volume, edited by scholars from the Land Research Action Network (LRAN), critically analyze a wide range of competing visions of land reform. PROMISED LAND is an essential resource for academics, students, policy makers, activists, and peasant organizations. [Order and Examination Copy Information Below]

What people are saying about Promised Land:
"A path-breaking volume that provides a compelling critique of the current market-led reforms promoted by the likes of the World Bank...  This is a state-of-the-art analysis coupled with a rich and sophisticated account of on-the-ground experiences and struggles. A tour de force."
 - Michael Watts, Class of '63 Professor, and director of African Studies, University of California, Berkeley "Written from the perspective of civil society actors themselves, Promised Land is a powerful argument for the need to develop food sovereignty, strengthen local communities, and build transnational connections in the fight against inequality, poverty, and rural violence."

- Wendy Wolford, coauthor of To Inherit the Earth:
 The Landless Movement and the Struggle for a New Brazil.
"This book should be required reading for anyone who wants to understand and contribute to the contemporary struggle for agrarian reform around the world.

- Rafael Alegria, Coordinator,
  Global Campaign for Agrarian Reform, La Vía Campesina

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