Land ownership and economic self-sufficiency
How to help sustainable economic development based on land ownership
In Milo's inspiration on the economy of Caldas, I was struck by a comment about inequality about land ownership. The report presented was saying that most of the land was in the hands of only a few and this was pinned as a major cause of poverty in South America:
" 2009, Colombian landowners who possessed more than 200 acres were only a 3,8% of the total number of landowners registered. However, this small 4% owned 41% of the Colombian lands dedicated to agriculture and livestock. On the other side, Colombian land owners who possessed less than 3 acres were 39,3% of the total, and affirmed to owned just a 3,7% of the total of land."
I found this Agros International which has developed a series of project in South America with the mission to "to see rural poor families in developing nations own agricultural land, attain economic self-sufficiency, cultivate a livelihood and pass on to future generations the values and resources that enable them to flourish. " They claim they have developed "over 40 economically sustainable villages built on the foundation of land permanence and ownership for the rural poor. "
I thought that maybe to think about social business opportunities, we should also think of some of the condition of such businesses. Land ownership and the social structure it implies might be something to tackle upfront.