Land reform: still a goal worth pursuing for rural women?
Version of Record online: 29 AUG 2002
Copyright © 2002 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of International Development
Special Issue: DSA 2001 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Volume 14, Issue 6, pages 887–898, August 2002
How to Cite
Jacobs, S. (2002), Land reform: still a goal worth pursuing for rural women?. J. Int. Dev., 14: 887–898. doi: 10.1002/jid.934
- Issue online: 29 AUG 2002
- Version of Record online: 29 AUG 2002
Land reform has recently become a topic of interest to the media. Given historical experience and current changes, are land reform policies still worthwhile objects of struggle for rural women? The article discusses arguments ‘against’: for instance, women have been excluded from most past land reforms, and many rural people have had to diversify their livelihood bases, so that agriculture has diminished in importance. Despite these and other points, the article argues that land reform which includes women would be of great benefit: it would increase food security, would allow wives to keep better control over their own incomes, and would increase women's status more generally. Copyright © 2002 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.