Land reform, starting point of rural development

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“Agricultural development should first focus on real land reform. This ensures that subsequent farm support will increase rural incomes and improve the livelihoods of the majority poor peasantry, expand the domestic market, and create a surplus for reinvestment in national industry. These are also the conditions for greater linkages between agriculture and industry, including the promotion of rural industrialization. A genuinely equitable distribution of land and rural assets is the necessary starting point of rural development.” – Change Underway? | IBON 2016 Yearend Birdtalk (The briefing paper is now available at the IBON Bookshop, #114 Timog Ave. Quezon City)

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