M. Riad El-Ghonemy argues that if current trends in government-led and market based land reforms persist the rural poor population in developing countries will continue to rise.
Based on nearly half a century of academic and field research this valuable work presents compelling evidence on persistent rural poverty, hunger and increased inequality in developing countries over the last thirty years. The book furthers the debate with sixteen detailed case studies and looks beyond the typical views of the roles of the state and the market on land reform.
The Crisis of Rural Poverty and Hunger contains comprehensive case studies including countries such as China, Korea and Honduras provides bases for discussions of government-mandated land reform, pro-active participation of NGOs and facilitated functions of the market mechanism. This book is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students interested in the fields of rural and agricultural development, development economics and geography.
Table of Contents
1. The Crisis: Persistent Rural Poverty, Hunger and Landlessness 2. Reform of Land-property Rights between the State and the Market: Principles and Concepts 3. The Agricultural Dimension of Poverty 4. Farm Size and Productivity 5. Case Studies 1: State-administered Complete Land Reform 6. Case Studies II: Partial Land Reform 7. Market Liberalization: Market-based Land Reform 8. Challenges and Prospects
M. Riad El-Ghonemy is Senior Research Associate at the Department of International Development, University of Oxford and Reasearch Fellow at the Department of Economics, the American University in Cairo and Emiritus Professor, Ein-Shams University, Cairo. He is the author of several publications including The Political Economy of Rural Poverty (1990) and Affluence and Poverty in the Middle East (1998).