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  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Food First Books; First Trade Paper Edition edition (November 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0935028285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0935028287
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,391,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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RAJ PATEL is a Fellow at the Institute for Food and Development Policy (also known as Food First), a leading food think tank, and a visiting scholar at the UC Berkeley Center for African Studies. He has written for the Los Angeles Times, The Guardian and The Observer, is a regular contributor to NPR and independent media outlets, and though he has worked for the World Bank, WTO and the UN, he's also been tear-gassed on four continents protesting them. Visit his website at

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Professor on February 7, 2007
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Agrarian reform is back at the center of the rural development debate after being considered taboo for decades. There was a time when peasant actvists would be shot or disappeared if they dared to utter "land reform" or "agrarian reform." But though they contnue to suffer sometimes violent repression, now even the World Bank talks about agrarian reform. And that's the rub, because what the World Bank calls agrarian reform is little more than the privatization of land, while what movements like the Via Campesina call for is real redistribution. This is the basis of the new global debate about land reform, which is wonderfully covered in this volume, which also touches on important issues like gender and land, indigenous peoples and territory, and food sovereignty. This is must read for anyone interested in rural development.
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