A systems thinking approach for achieving a better understanding of Swidden cultivation in Vietnam

Mai, Thanh Van and To, Phuc Xuan (2015) A systems thinking approach for achieving a better understanding of Swidden cultivation in Vietnam. Human Ecology, 43 (1). pp. 169-178. ISSN 0300-7839


In 2009 and 2013 Human Ecology devoted two Special Issues to swidden cultivation (also known as slash-and-burn or shifting cultivation) around the world, with a special focus on Southeast Asia. The issue in 2009 focused on the lack of information on swidden cultivation practices (Mertz et al. 2009), whereas the 2013 issue addressed swidden areas, swidden populations, and factors influencing swidden practices (van Vliet et al. 2013). The research presented in these issues highlighted the substantial changes to swidden systems across scales (ibid.), as well as the political and economic factors, such as intensive agricultural practices, large-scale plantations, the establishment or expansion of protected areas, that are the key drivers for changes in swidden-based agricultural practices (Cramb et al. 2009; Ziegler et al. 2009; van Vliet et al. 2013).

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
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Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2018 02:53
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2018 03:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: forest cover; soil erosion; paddy rice; food shortage; sustainable land
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160507 Environment Policy
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970107 Expanding Knowledge in the Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10745-015-9730-8
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/34015

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