While land reform and land grabbing are two distinct phenomena, there has long been a dynamic relationship between them in the history of the Brazilian land struggle. As a policy aimed at “reforming” agricultural land use practices, land reform has served to facilitate land grabbing. Land grabbing, on the other hand, has motivated movements in favor of land reform. This paper explores this dynamic principally in São Paulo state in the Cold War era and the Globalization era. It uses documents, reportage, oral history, and secondary literature to examine change and continuity between events and discourses from 1961 to 2012.
Welch, C.A. LDPI Working Paper 44. Land reforms and land grabs - Contemporary conflicts in the Brazilian land struggle. The Land Deal Politics Initiative, (2013) 41 pp.