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Access to Land, Rural Poverty, and Public Action$
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Alain de Janvry, Gustavo Gordillo, Elisabeth Sadoulet, and Jean-Philippe Platteau

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199242177

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242177.001.0001

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Case Study. Grassroots-Initiated Land Reform in Brazil: The Rural Landless Workers' Movement

Case Study. Grassroots-Initiated Land Reform in Brazil: The Rural Landless Workers' Movement

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(p.304) 12 Case Study. Grassroots-Initiated Land Reform in Brazil: The Rural Landless Workers' Movement
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Access to Land, Rural Poverty, and Public Action
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Wendy Wolford

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242177.003.0012

Although Brazil may be perceived as the Latin American country which has experienced the least progress through land reform that has been initiated by the state, this country is not without the motivation to provide land to the poorest rural groups. In contrast, however, to the earlier attempts in the 1960s, these endeavours are initiated not by the government, but from nationally organized groups of small squatters communities which is furthered by one of the most prominent grassroots organizations in the country — the Rural Landless Workers' Movement (MST). MST has already been able to establish a large number of land reform settlements through convincing families to utilize ‘unproductive’ land and asserting negotiation to the government for the title to property.

Keywords:   Brazil, Latin American countries, grassroots organization, MST, squatters communities, land reform settlements, title to property

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