tni-briefing: a veritalbe revolution

The Land Restitution Law and the Transformation of Rural Colombia

Autor:  Moritz Tenthoff and Ross Eventon

January 2013

For the past three decades, economic liberalisation backed by paramilitarism in Colombia has been driving demand for land, and with it land speculation, resulting in the most dramatic cycle of land grabbing in the country’s history. Between 1980 and 2010, an estimated 6.8 million hectares changed hands according to the government agency Acción Social, with agroindustry, mining and oil companies steadily taking over areas where small farmers once grew food crops.

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