land reform


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

Examples of land reform in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When the series pays lip service to the consequences of land reform in Zimbabwe and South Africa, those are real issues that have had real global consequences that The Regime is completely unable to grapple with in a justifiably real way. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Feb. 2024 Why tackle such a large subject as land reform in what appears to be a children’s film? Patrick Frater, Variety, 17 Feb. 2024 In 1967, an article about land reform in Latin America by the law professor Roy Prosterman caught the attention of the U.S. military, which was struggling to support South Vietnam’s faltering government and to keep poor Vietnamese farmers from abandoning their fields to join the Vietcong. Chris Jochnick, Foreign Affairs, 7 Feb. 2017 After working for land reforms in depressed Southern Italy, he was elected to the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of Italy’s legislature, in 1953 as a Communist representative from Naples. Robert D. McFadden, New York Times, 22 Sep. 2023 This resulted in a liberal constitution, trade unions, land reforms, a free press, and women’s suffrage, all of which were welcomed by most of the Japanese population. Ian Buruma, The New Yorker, 16 Oct. 2023 As the war reached its peak, the US led a land reform program in South Vietnam meant to bolster support for democratic ideals — notions of land and nature subjugated as a weapon of war. Globe Staff,, 13 Sep. 2023 Close to three-quarters of private farmland in South Africa is white-owned and some advocates for land reform view redistribution as a fundamental part of dismantling the legacy of apartheid, which was built on the legal dispossession of the nation’s Black majority. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 1 Aug. 2023 To carry out land reform in poor villages where there were no landlords, the poor attacked one another, and the losers’ meager possessions were redistributed. Andrew J. Nathan, Foreign Affairs, 21 Oct. 2013

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Word History

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of land reform was in 1846

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“Land reform.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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