Land Reclamation in Italy
Fascist Italy was concerned with its dependence on imports of essential materials and with meeting as many of its needs as possible from domestic supplies. There was little that could be done in some spheres (coal and iron, for example), but the régime did seek to increase agricultural production in order to improve both the balance of payments and rural conditions. In June, 1925, Mussolini launched a “battle of grain,” and this was followed in 1928 by a comprehensive land-reclamation scheme. The results of the program are rather difficult to assess because success varied considerably from one project to another, and work on many sites was not completed before the war. However, millions of acres were involved in the scheme in one way or another, and the projects provided work for thousands during the period of the Depression. At the same time, both the area under cultivation and grain production were increased slightly. The selection that follows is a report on land reclamation written in 1931 by the director of the program, Arrigo Serpieri.
KeywordsLand Settlement Land Reclamation Land Production Rural Condition Reclamation Scheme
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- Tomaso Sillani, ed., What Is Fascism and Why? (New York: Macmillan, 1931), pp. 72–87, with deletions.Google Scholar