Reduction of social and economic imbalances which cause many of the ecological problems in rainforests. In many tropical countries land is very inequitably distributed, with much of the land sequestered in extremely large ranches or estates belonging to a few very wealthy individuals, mainly those with political influence. Very little land is left for the rural and urban poor who increasingly frequently flock to newly-opened lands as migrants and farmers. In Latin America, 40% of the arable land is owned by 1% of landowners and held as huge estates (Ryan, 1992).

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