With socialist movements gathering steam throughout Latin America, Brazil’s Landless Workers’ Movement (Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra, MST) has become a guiding light for reform.
Since the late 1970s the movement has capitalized on a measure in the Brazilian constitution that requires land to serve a social function. The movement’s aim is to expropriate this land for the purpose of agrarian reform.
In Brazil, a mere 3 per cent of the population controls nearly two-thirds of all arable lands. To date, the MST has won land titles for over 350,000 families.
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