Shifting Cultivation and Environmental Change

Indigenous People, Agriculture and Forest Conservation

Shifting cultivationShifting cultivation is one of the oldest forms of subsistence agriculture and is still practised by millions of poor people in the tropics. Typically, it involves clearing land (often forest) for the growing of crops for a few years, and then moving on to new sites, leaving the earlier ground fallow to regain its soil fertility.

A new book edited by Malcolm Cairns “Shifting Cultivation and Environmental Change” will soon be published by Routledge, which re-examines the interactions between this ancient farming system with the more modern problems of climate change and biodiversity loss across the Asia – Pacific region, and presents contributions by over 100 scholars from around the world.

More about it on Routledge