Swidden agriculture in developing countries: An Ecological-economic analysis of the fallow period and its length

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dc.contributor.author Batabyal, Amitrajeet
dc.contributor.author Beladi, Hamid
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-02T11:52:04Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-02T11:52:04Z
dc.date.issued 2004
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1850/10087
dc.description.abstract Small farmers in many tropical developing countries practice swidden agriculture. A key aspect of swidden agriculture is the time period during which the land is left fallow. This paper uses a new ecological-economic approach to study the fallow period and to determine the optimal length of this period in swidden agriculture. We first construct a theoretical model of a parcel of forest land that has been cleared for swidden agriculture. We then show how the dynamic and the stochastic properties of this cleared land can be used to derive two objective functions for a small farmer that are ecologically meaningful. Finally, using these two objectives, we discuss a probabilistic approach to the determination of the optimal length of the fallow period. In this approach, the focus of the small farmer is on maintaining the ecological and the economic sustainability of swidden agriculture on the cleared parcel of forest land (CPFL). en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Cleared parcel of forest land en_US
dc.subject Developing country en_US
dc.subject Fallow period en_US
dc.subject Semi-Markov process en_US
dc.subject Swidden agriculture en_US
dc.title Swidden agriculture in developing countries: An Ecological-economic analysis of the fallow period and its length en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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