land-poor

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land-poor

Owning a large amount of land that is unprofitable and being without the means to maintain it or capitalize on its fertility. My fool of a husband used our savings to buy a big plot of land out west, and we've been land-poor for the last 10 years as a result.
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The land poor households however generate some income through participation in the rural tenancy and labour markets, and are heavily involved in rural non-farm activities, particularly in construction, transport and petty trade.
Most of the migrants were from the land poor households which contributed to a reduction in the supply of agricultural labour.
The group, which started out land poor, spent its early years doing rehabilitation work in poor neighborhoods.
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