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Population and Upland Crop Production in Nang Rong, Thailand


Entwisle, Barbara; Walsh, Stephen J.; Rindfuss, Ronald R.; & VanWey, Leah K. (2005). Population and Upland Crop Production in Nang Rong, Thailand. Population and Environment, 26(6), 449-470.


This paper estimates village-level models of the effects of population variables on the area devoted to upland crop production in Nang Rong district, Thailand. The expansion of upland crops is part of the growth of market agriculture in Nang Rong, and a correlate of deforestation in this setting, The results show that population density (measured as density of village settlement) negatively affects area in upland crops while population growth has a positive effect. Changes in land use associated with population change appear to radiate outward from nuclear village centers. As cash economies are established in rural settings, household formation requires a source of income as well as a subsistence stake. Growth in the population of households is a stronger predictor of the area in upland crops than growth in the number of persons.


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Population and Environment


Entwisle, Barbara
Walsh, Stephen J.
Rindfuss, Ronald R.
VanWey, Leah K.