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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
In the past fifteen years, most countries of Central and Eastern Europe and
the Commonwealth of Independent States have shifted from predominantly
collective to more individualized agriculture. These years also have witnessed
the largest fall in agricultural production, yields, and rural employment on
record, while the deterioration and dissolution of collective and state farms
have been accompanied by a significant drop in rural public services. Land
Reform and Farm Restructuring provides a structured and comparative review of
important aspects of land reform and documents important differences in
policies between countries to examine why the reforms have not yet lived up to
their potential. It is based on data from farm and household surveys and
interviews conducted in 2003 and 2004. Case studies from Bulgaria, Moldova,
Azerbaijan, and Kazakhstan - countries that have had particular difficulties in
land reform, farm restructuring, farm performance, or rural poverty - each
highlight a central conundrum about land reform and farm restructuring. The
paper concludes with some implications for policy.