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From maize to mass housing

Ann Varley invited to Chicago symposium on agrarian reform in Mexico

From maize to mass housing

Professor Ann Varley was a guest of the University of Chicago at a symposium on 'El siglo del ejido: una revisión' ['The century of the ejido: a review'], from 23-24 October 2015.

This Spanish-language symposium at the Katz Center for Mexican Studies set out to challenge a number of orthodox beliefs surrounding the ejido, an area of land restored or donated to rural communities in Mexico's agrarian reform.

With her colleague from the Colegio de México, Dr Clara Salazar, she offered a double presentation on the links between the agrarian reform launched in 1915 and the city, and assessed the impact on housing growth in the urban periphery of legal changes in the 1990s which enabled the privatization of ejido land,.

Ejido land has supported the massive expansion of formal sector housing in the past two decades, but illegal land sales continue to produce large areas of informal settlement.



Ann Varley