This is not just about land. If the conflict over land reform deepens, as it is bound to do, and land is expropriated and given over to landless peasants, then workers in industry are bound to draw similar conclusions.
By Jorge Martin - Hands Off Venezuela Campaign, Jan 14th 2005
The Financial Times published an editorial comment full of distortions of the truth and pontificating advice, which was to be expected. However, what we did not expect was for the FT to argue that the "best way to address rural poverty", was for businesses to "pay decent wages and guarantee good working conditions for its workers"!
One of the rarely mentioned aspects of the Chavez government's program is its effort to rebuild Venezuela's agricultural base. It has embarked on a vast program of land reform, the creation of ecological communities, support for cooperatives, and urban agriculture.
By Argiris Malapanis - The Militant, Apr 12th 2004
Big farmers try to block implementation of agrarian reform law that has already benefitted tens of thousands of Venezuelan families. Malapanis reports extensively on how the land reform is benefitting poor peasants in Venezuela.
By Maurice Lemoine - Le Monde Diplomatique, Oct 13th 2003
Venezuela's opposition particularly loathes the crucial agricultural reforms of President Hugo Chávez, which have begun to return parts of enormous, barely used land-holdings to poor landless peasants and to encourage them to grow their own food and build working communities.