6/23/09

Land Reform in Venezuela.    Washington Post reports that Land Reform in Venezuela has not been as successful as hoped.

"[Venezuelan President Hugo] Chávez's so-called back-to-the-land movement calls for the redistribution of land -- increasingly properties that the state has taken over in what officials term a "rescue" or "recuperation." The objective is to ensure "food sovereignty," thereby reducing dependence on imports. But nearly five years after the measures were implemented nationwide, farmers and agriculture experts say, Venezuela is not only far from self-sufficient in food, but also more dependent than ever on foreign countries. Food imports rose to $7.5 billion last year, a sixfold increase since Chávez took power a decade ago."

posted June 23, 2009 at 11:00 a.m.