Mexico began implementing large scale land reform after the revolution in 1917. Over the following decades, the reform distributed more than 100 million hectares, or half of the arable area, from large farms to groups of households organized into ejidos—collective holdings, but often with individual families cultivating individual plots. Indigenous groups also gained rights to their commonly-held land during this period and are known as comunidades.
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Legal and policy analyst, social sector farming in Oaxaca, Compton Foundation funding, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Landesa interviewed farmers and government officials in Oaxaca State to evaluate the current impact of the 1992 agrarian reforms in terms of registration, privatization, conflict resolution, leasing, land sales, and access to credit. This research included legal analysis of the current laws and regulations applicable to social sector agriculture in Mexico. March 2002-July 2002.