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Farm Household Lifecycles and Land Use in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Barbieri, Alisson F.; Bilsborrow, Richard E.; & Pan, William K. Y. (2005). Farm Household Lifecycles and Land Use in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Population and Environment, 27(1), 1-27.


This paper describes trends in population, household formation, fragmentation of landholdings, and changes in land use between 1990 and 1999 in the Northern Ecuadorian Amazon (NEA)—one of the areas of highest biodiversity in the world. It also shows how changes in land use are associated with the duration (or age) of the farm settlement, which is also linked to the stage in the farm household lifecycle and household composition. The study is based upon data from two detailed household surveys, which result in a cohort of 246 farm households interviewed in 1990 and 1999 as well as 383 new farm households constituted after 1990. Distinct patterns of land use are linked with duration of settlement, independent of when settlement occurred in the region.


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Population and Environment


Barbieri, Alisson F.
Bilsborrow, Richard E.
Pan, William K. Y.