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shifting cultivation - The political ecology of shifting cultivation, Stereotypes: primitive, backward, wasteful, unproductive

vegetation soil fertility move

A system of agriculture found in areas of tropical rainforest; also known as swidden cultivation. It is a response to loss of soil fertility and vegetation regeneration which occurs after a few years' cultivation, forcing farmers to move to new areas. Slash and burn describes the method of vegetation clearance. In some regions people move on to completely new areas. Elsewhere they live in a permanent settlement and practise a form of land rotation known as bush and fallow, in which vegetation is allowed to regenerate in areas where soil fertility is exhausted. It is then recultivated.

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