land reform

noun

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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Around the same time, prompted by land reforms in the former British colony of Hong Kong, many agricultural workers from the island were attracted to the U.K. in search of new lives. Suyin Haynes, Time, "Fights Over 'Authentic' Chinese Food Have a Long and Complicated History. Now They're Tearing the Culinary World Apart," 8 July 2019 In 1969, the contentious issues were primarily immigration and land reform. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "When soccer teams from El Salvador and Honduras met 50 years ago, it really was a war," 24 June 2019 In 1880, in the wake of agrarian insurrection in Ireland, Lansdowne resigned a junior office rather than support William Gladstone’s Irish land reform. William Anthony Hay, WSJ, "‘Lansdowne’ Review: Noble Aspirations," 26 Dec. 2018 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, chicagotribune.com, "'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

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First Known Use of land reform

1846, in the meaning defined above

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