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Rural Landlessness in Thailand


  • Chirapanda, S.


Data from annual surveys on rural landlessness in Thailand md1cate that, m about half the country, 11 percent of the total agricultural households, or 272,000 out of 2.4 m1ll1on, were landless m 1982. Another 27 percent had some farmland but no more than four acres. In comparison with other developing countries, rural landlessness m Thailand is low and has not posed serious problems as a whole. However, 1t is expected to mcrease m mtensity, since land frontiers m forest reserves, which earlier provided a cushion for population pressure, are rapidly reachmg an end. At least half the landless were in absolute poverty, m terms of mcome and asset ownership. The key answers to help the landless lie not m land red1stnbut1on but m agricultural and nonagricultural skill development so that the landless are more mobile between economic sectors, particularly mto mdustry Agricultural mtens1fication1 relatively low Iand-mtensive agncultural activities, and mod1f1cattons of the present rural poverty eradication and employment creation programmes to help the poor and landless should be encouraged.

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  • Chirapanda, S., 1987. "Rural Landlessness in Thailand," 1987 Occasional Paper Series No. 4 197420, International Association of Agricultural Economists.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:iaaeo4:197420

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