This is just a question that has been bothering me for a while.
Did the land reform policies of the 1960's and 1970's assist in uplifting the standard of living of rural farmers?
As far as the key agricultural sector-tea was concerned, it was an unmitigated disaster with the net result of overall output dropping and the creation of a powerful new competitor - Kenya. Planters who were driven out of Ceylon played a pivotal role in building Kenya's tea industry.
Quite apart from this, it also sent a very poor message to investors, but this is by the way.
How did rural farmers benefit?, assuming that is, that they were the intended beneficiary.
Does anyone have a view?