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Jan 12 2011

Allocating Homestead Plots as Land Reform: Analysis from West Bengal

A description of research findings from West Bengal, India which document the benefits of homestead plot allocation to the landless. A central point of the article is that one under-recognized component of land reforms in several Indian states—the allocation of homestead plots to landless laborers—deserves more attention and consideration. Studies of similar programs from a variety of international settings indicate that very small homestead or garden plots can confer multiple important benefits, in terms of food, income, status, and economic security. | download PDF

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