land reform


Definition of land reform 

: measures designed to effect a more equitable distribution of agricultural land especially by governmental action also : the resulting redistribution

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The conspiracy theory is based on the very real — and very controversial — issue of post-Apartheid land reform in South Africa. Jennifer Williams, Vox, "Trump’s tweet echoing white nationalist propaganda about South African farmers, explained," 23 Aug. 2018 But without vigorous backing from the executive, such programmes as land reform and voluntary crop substitution will grind to a halt. The Economist, "Will Colombia’s next president imperil the peace deal with the FARC?," 26 May 2018 Since land reform broke up big estates in the 1950s, even-handed inheritance laws have kept shrinking the size of farms. The Economist, "India’s government claims to subsidise farmers, but actually hurts them," 12 July 2018 Petro is calling for an end to mandatory military service, sweeping land reforms and the treatment of drug addicts as patients instead of criminals. Anthony Faiola,, "'D.C. Colombian' squares off against former guerrilla as Colombians vote," 17 June 2018 While in London, Mr. Ramaphosa addressed investors’ anxiety about possible land reform in South Africa while acknowledging some constituents’ demand for radical change. Selam Gebrekidan, New York Times, "Big Protests in South Africa Force Ramaphosa to End London Visit," 19 Apr. 2018 Petro proposes overhauling Colombia’s economic model to free it from dependence on oil exports and instead boost agricultural production through land reform. Christine Armario And Joshua Goodman,, "Conservative tops Colombia presidential vote but runoff needed," 28 May 2018 The new president has committed to radical land reform that was the founding principle of the ANC in 1912. Kieron Monks, CNN, "De Klerk: 'South Africa is in good hands now'," 7 May 2018 Minister of International Relations: Lindiwe Sisulu A former housing minister, Sisulu takes over a post previously occupied by Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, who was named minister of rural development and land reform., "Ramaphosa’s Lieutenants: Inside South Africa’s New Cabinet," 26 Feb. 2018

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1846, in the meaning defined above

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