Land Reform in Asia

Archive Report

Asiatic Land Tenure and Need of Reforms

Relation of Land Reform to Point Four Objectives

Reliance by Communist leaders on promises of land seizure and redistribution to enlist peasant support in their drive for political power throughout Asia has turned official attention at Washington to formidable problems of land tenure in the Orient and the Middle East. Reform of prevailing systems of land ownership and utilization is now recognized as a prime essential to the success of American efforts to counter the attractions of Communism by raising the living standards of depressed peoples.1

Under the Point Four program, the United States is moving to help non-Communist countries expand their food production. But the issue of land tenure stands directly between Point Four and the attainment of its ...

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