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Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 19:30

Rural Land Reform: Unleashing the Power of 800 Million Farmers

Roy Prosterman

Founder & Chair Emeritus,

Rural Development Institute (RDI)

Seattle, WA, USA

United Nations


Lianheguo Zhongxin Sanlitun 2 Liangmahe Nan Lu

Providing secure land rights to rural population who depend on the land for their livelihoods has played a major role in past Asian success stories.

Today, land tenure reform could play a vital role in bridging China's rural-urban income gap by providing farmers with the incentive to invest in their land to increase production. In turn, this would increase rural income, wealth, social stability, and consumption patterns for China's 800 million rural poor.

The Seattle-based Rural Development Institute (RDI) have been working on these issues in rural China since 1987, and will share their insight on progress, remaining needs and promising solutions to create economic prosperity through secure land rights for the poor.