Peru: Rocky Road to Reform

"I'm not waiting for my son to have a better life—I want a better life." So says a member of President Fernando Belaúnde Terry's Acción Popular party. He was talking about Belaúnde's land-reform program—the sensible, carefully thought-out plan that, when it was signed into law 19 months ago, was hailed by experts as the soundest ever set up in the hemisphere. For many Peruvians, the rub is that the project to settle 1,000,000 peasants on their own land and double the country's acreage under cultivation will take at least a decade, and more likely 20 years. They are not willing...

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