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Fears of food insecurity, water scarcity and the search for diminishing natural resources are making land our most precious asset. Large-scale acquisitions in Africa by water-poor countries have brought land issues to the fore.

However, this accelerated drive for land tenure is not only happening in the Global South. Across the UK, family farms are falling victim to corporate buy outs, in an environment where the cost of small parcels of agricultural land dwarves their production value.

Research has shown that distributing land rights more fairly can both reduce poverty and is associated with greater per capital economic growth. Agrarian reform doesn’t mean having to choose between land equity and production efficiency. In fact, securing tenure for small-scale producers can deliver both.