shifting agriculture

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shifting agriculture


slash and burn

a type of nonintensive agriculture, practised in tropical forests where soil fertilities are low. It involves the clearing and burning of existing vegetation in order to cultivate crops. When the soil becomes depleted, or earlier, the society moves on to repeat the process elsewhere, often leaving the forest to regrow. Although perhaps ecologically sound, such forms of agriculture are threatened by economic development. Compare HUNTER-GATHERER.

Shifting Agriculture


a primitive system of farming in which a field, after producing several harvests, was left to become weed infested and uncultivated for eight to 15 years. The natural vegetation restored the fertility of the soil.

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The combination of shifting agriculture and slavery, along with other factors, created a bleak economic and political outlook that led reformers to the cause of state activism.
Clearly, the Miao/Hmong seem never to have abandoned shifting agriculture and animal husbandry.
Tribal Dao people lived on the hillsides, where they practiced shifting agriculture and grew upland rice.
Based on this site, Prufer characterizes the Ohio Hopewell settlement pattern as a system of small, semipermanent farmsteads based on shifting agriculture, clustered around a series of ceremonial centers and burial grounds with which a number of such farmsteads identified themselves.
And, as Scott is well aware, whatever its virtues, shifting agriculture is not a viable alternative to intensive sedentary agriculture, whether industrial or not.
As in the equatorial rainforests, one of the main forms of traditional agricultural activity in monsoon forests is shifting agriculture.
This article focuses on the problem of deforestation in Indonesia; its environmental consequences, economic and social costs, forest policy, forest legislation, government policy on shifting agriculture, conservation areas and national parks, causes of forest degradation, forest management, shifting cultivation, future outlook, and the case studies of logging in East Kalimantan and of Siberut, an island in the Mentawai group off the west coast of Sumatra (Drs.
Shifting agriculture which at one time in the recent past was sustainable because of a longer cycle of 20 years or more has drastically come down to less than five years, partly because of large-scale exploitation of forest resources by the industrial humans and the consequent land degradation caused by it (Case 1).
People who practised a form of shifting agriculture andmeasured their wealth in cattle were not peasants in any meaningful way.
Man's most drastic disturbance is logging, followed by fire, overgrazing, and shifting agriculture, called swidden; these do not provide for the legacy of renewal.
11 An Ethnoecological Approach to Shifting Agriculture by Harold C.
Enormous resettlement programmes of lowlanders to the mountain areas, hydroelectric dam projects, and the ban on shifting agriculture seriously threaten the habitat and living conditions of many ethnic minority groups.