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Washington University in St Louis

Publication Date

Fall 2006

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Fiji: Multiculturalism and Social Change


In 1997, a large number of agricultural leases in the Fijian sugar belts began to expire without renewal. Stepping away from the debates over who should have access to land under what legislation and for what purpose, this paper concentrates on the people who are being directly affected by lease expiration: the cane farmers and cutters themselves. Through the collection and analysis of information gathered through personal interviews and associated literature, this paper focuses on the present moment in Fiji and identifies the needs of displaced cane families, the options available to them, and the different types of aid that is currently being offered. The conclusion drawn is that the programs in place are insufficient to meet the needs of this population and that more needs to be done on both macro and micro levels.


Agricultural and Resource Economics | Public Administration | Social Welfare


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