Factors associated with black-owned land loss
Journal of Agricultural & Food Information
Since the 1982 report by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, special emphasis has been focused on Black fanners in the United States. Of particular importance has been the crisis surrounding Black-owned land loss. Historically, this decline has been due to take-away strategies such as tax sales, partition sales, and accelerated foreclosures by larger land owners and members of the political establishment. At the same time, these schemes were aided by the fact that the traditional mode of land transfer among Black owners was without a legal document or will. Using survey results from Black farmers from the Black Belt region of South-Central Alabama, this paper: (1) briefly examines the positive influence of land ownership on farmers; (2) discusses land loss and the factors behind this phenomenon; (3) considers the overall risk environments surrounding the issue of land loss and how these environments might affect current and future generations of farmers; and (4) proposes avenues for action.
Zabawa, Robert; Baharanyi, Ntam; and Amougou, Mbedja, "Factors associated with black-owned land loss" (1995). Agriculture. 28.
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