El Salvador: Carving Up a Very Small Pie

Land reform faces a huge problem: too few acres to go around

"The government of El Salvador has been keeping its promises, like the land-reform program, which is making thousands of farm tenants farm owners."

—Ronald Reagan, in his April 1983 address to a joint session of Congress

"The agrarian reforms are a failure, and they are being made to fail by corruption and debt. Let the Reagan Administration say it's a success. They 're liars."

—Leonel Gómez, former adviser, Salvadoran land-reform agency, February 1984

Seen from the air, El Salvador is a stunning...

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