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Land Law Reform in Eastern Africa: Traditional or Transformative? by Patrick McAuslan

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Chapter 2

The lack of any drive for land reform 1961–c.1990

 

 

 

There was no concerted effort in any country in this period with the exceptions of Zanzibar and Somalia, both avowedly socialist states, to challenge the existing social and economic arrangements of land rights or to mount a major legal programme of land reform, that is a programme of laws which have as their main goal reducing poverty by substantially increasing the proportion of farmland controlled by the poor and thus their income, power and status.1 Lipton offers one analysis of why land reform was not on the agenda at this time:

Is land reform irrelevant in sub-Saharan Africa, due to ample land and not-too-unequal forms of traditional or communal tenure? That is how the ...

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