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Title: Shifting Cultivation and "Deforestation". A Study from Sumatra, Indonesia
Authors: Angelsen, Arild
Keywords: Shifting cultivation
Agriculture
Deforestation
Indonesia
Issue Date: 1994
Publisher: Chr. Michelsen Institute
Series/Report no.: CMI Working paper
WP 1994: 1
Abstract: About half of tropical deforestation is commonly explained by the expansion of traditional agriculture (shifting cultivation). This article first questions the share of responsibly assigned to traditional agriculture. Secondly, a simple framework based on a theory of land rent capture is developed to explain agricultural expansion. The framework is applied in the study of recent changes in shifting cultivators' adaptations in a lowland rainforest area in Sumatra, Indonesia. Increased rubber planting and expansion into primary forest are seen as a response to increased rubber profitability and (expected) land scarcity, and as a race for property rights. Government land claims have been important in initiating a self-reinforcing land race, and have therefore significant multiplier effects on forest clearing.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10202/353
ISSN: 0804-3639
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