A century of neglect, drug trafficking, and civil wars had made the “wild-east” Colombian department of Vichada a publicly designated “wasteland”. By the 1990’s, however, reduced hostilities allowed the government to open it up in specially regulated parcels for poor landless peasants. With Colombia as the second most unequal land distribution in the hemisphere, the redistribution scheme seemed to address the reasons that have sparked the civil war. Courageous legislative measures, such as Article 72 of Law 160 in 1994, allowed these groundbreaking changes. Furthermore they specifically prohibit one person or entity from owning multiple agricultural family units in this territory.
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