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November 1979's Issue

In developing countries the most important source of wealth is the land. Yet its distribution is notoriously unjust and the number of peasants without land is rapidly increasing. At the same time, the Third World is increasingly being used to supply luxury crops to the rich countries, while becoming dependent on importing basic foodstuffs from the West. We look at the causes of inequality and possible ways for reform.

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The Frontline Village

Redistribution land can cause serious problems between one group of rural workers and another. NEERJA CHOWDHURY reports from an Indian village that has become a symbol of the struggle between castes.

Burning of the Brides

For Satyarani Chaddha life will never be the same after March 17 this year when she saw her 24-year-old pregnant daughter burnt like a pile of garbage in the home of her mother-in-law.

Life without Land

JENNEKE ARENS and JOS VAN BEURDEN talk to a labourer in Bangladesh who has to survive by working on other people’s land.

The Forgotten Workers

JOE HANLON interviews ACHOLA PALA OKEYO who believes that there is little chance of useful agrarian reform while planners ignore half the rural population: the women.

The Seeds of Disaster

Global seed distribution has now passed into the hands of the huge agrichemical companies. PAT MOONEY explains how this is putting the genetic base of our foods at risk and HUGO FERNANDEZ looks at the results of another activity of the same companies.

The Ties that Bind


The Modernisation Game

Modernising agriculture usually means drawing peasant farmers further into the cash economy. But CHERYL PAYER argues far from improving their position, such ‘modern­isation’ actually undermines it.

Land use in the Third World

A guide to land holdings and land reform in developing countries - the facts and figures.

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Growing Inequality

PETER STALKER looks at the divide between rich and poor in the Third World countryside and at the chances for successful land reform.

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Five books on Land

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Rural Women at Work

Dixon proposes that non-agricultural work for women is a hopeful, productive answer to the self-perpetuating syndrome of rural poverty and continuous child-bearing.

Dubious Sentinel: Canada and the World Military Order

A file-style compendium of seven dossiers on militarism, this kit offers a wealth of data and research in quite digestible form.

Changing Childhood

A constructive collection of articles valuable to any parent who is attempting to think about the process of bringing up children rather than simply letting it happen.

Land Reform - success and failure

What makes a land reform work? ROY LAISHLEY looks at the factors that have led to success in South Korea and DAVID WILSON examines the relative failure in Peru.

Facts of life in US labour market

Hundreds and thousands of Americans make up what is called ‘the secondary labour market’, a group of unskilled, largely minority, workers who are the preserve of casual labour in the US.

Ticklesack and Southern Africa

An active committee of 150 members keep Canadians informed of the shifting political events in Southern Africa

The Risk Shifters

The world’s food supplies are coming increasingly under the control of multinational cor­porations who take much of the profit and few of the risks. SUSAN GEORGE explains the implications.

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