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Swidden Agriculture

Citation

Davis, Jason (2011). Swidden Agriculture.. Mulvaney, Dustin & Robbins, Paul (Eds.) (pp. 425-426). Thousand Oaks, Calif.: SAGE Publications.

Abstract

Swidden agriculture—a more expansive form of slash-and-burn agriculture—is a type of shifting cultivation that entails the cutting and drying of all vegetation from a forest patch until fire can properly take hold. Following burning, the resultant ash provides the swidden farmer with a sufficient nutrient base from which to farm for up to four years. The burning process also removes potentially damaging pests from the plot. After the nutrients have been exhausted from the swidden plot, the farmer moves to an adjacent plot of forest land and repeats the entire process of cutting, drying, burning, planting, harvesting, and abandoning again.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781412971874.n141

Reference Type

Book Section

Year Published

2011

Series Title

The Sage Reference Series on Green Society: Toward a Sustainable Future

Author(s)

Davis, Jason