I could not understand why the government’s policy on land reform in Brazil was moving so slowly, despite reading about the departments set up for the purpose and huge amounts of money being poured into them.
I knew corruption was an issue and that speculative investment was a factor in land grabbing, but was bemused to learn that government ministries have been set up that have conflicting interests. For example the ministry of Agriculture (mApA) deals with agribusiness, while the ministry of Agrarian Development (mDA) ministry which deal with agrarian reform. You can easily imagine the difficulties this is going to cause.
You can read more about this in Lay of the Land p.15-17 research carried out by ActionAid.