The subject of leasing land to international agricultural corporations is one that is attracting a lot of controversy lately. There are, however, several things that can be done by countries that are keen on getting it right, when it comes to leasing land to the international agricultural corporations.
Firstly, if you want to get the leasing of land to international agricultural corporations right, you need to ensure that you educate the communities whose land is to be leased on the benefits they stand to get. Those should be benefits like employment, technology transfer, investments in their communities… and so on. Don’t think that this will be easy. It is actually akin to what you’d do, if you were marketing a remote support technology such as www.logmein.com, (which is the Logmein123 program) to novices. You are likely to have a hard time convincing people.
Secondly, if you want to get the leasing of land to international agricultural corporations right, you need to ensure that you hold the corporations to account, to ensure that they keep their part of the bargain. You can consult articles in publications like the Journal of Commerce for details on how exactly to do this.
Thirdly, if you want to get the leasing of land to international agricultural corporations right, you need to ensure that the communities currently occupying the land leave voluntarily, without compulsion. The moment you introduce compulsion into the picture, the whole thing becomes very ugly indeed.
As a person who is involved the manufacture or in the sale of headphones, you need to do everything in your power to avoid having people doubt the quality of your headphones. To do this effectively, you need to be aware of the factors that are capable of making people to doubt the quality of the headphones.
The first factor that may make people to doubt the quality of headphones is poor packaging. You may very well be having the best headphones (objectively speaking), but if your packaging is poor, then people will start doubting the quality of the headphones. This is because perception is reality to the perceivers.
The second factor that may make people to doubt the quality of headphone is poor finishing. Like if you have some wires that are unsheathed, or if the coloring of the headphones is not well done, people may be inclined to doubt the quality of the headphones. Again, even if yours are actually the best all genre headphones, if the finishing is poor, people will doubt the headphones’ quality.
The third factor that may make people to doubt the quality of headphones is if the price of the headphones is too low. People always assume that very cheap things are of poor quality –regardless of the reality. This is why, for instance, the cheapest vehicle models like, say, Mahindra from India are regarded as being of dubious quality – in spite of the fact that, objectively speaking, Mahindras are actually decent, high quality vehicles.
There are some three systems of land ownership that we tend to find all over the world.
The first system of land ownership that we tend to find in some parts of the world is the system where land is largely owned by private individuals, with private titles. This is the system that you tend to find in countries that have fully embraced capitalism. If, for instance, you check through the records at the United States Bureau of Land Management, you are likely to discover that a sizeable portion of the land in the USA is in private hands. But reflecting deeper on the US system, you are likely to discover that it is actually a hybrid between the first system and the second system that we will be looking at below. That is because under the US system, while the land is under individual hands, the individuals in question are actually said to have ‘leased’ it from the state: with leases that normally expire with time. And indeed the people pay hefty land taxes to the government: with the amounts charged being almost like ‘rent’ payments for the land.
The second system of land ownership that we tend to find in some parts of the world is where the land is largely owned by the state. People seeking to use the land have to lease it from the state: they can’t own it individually.
The third system of land ownership that we tend to find in some parts of the world is where the land is largely owned by communities, with community titles. Members of the communities can then request for land from the communities, and proceed to use it – but all the while remembering that the land is owned by the communities.