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

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Mai, Thanh Van and To, Phuc Xuan. 2015. "A systems thinking approach for achieving a better understanding of Swidden cultivation in Vietnam." Human Ecology: An Interdisciplinary Journal. 43 (1), pp. 169-178. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10745-015-9730-8
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A systems thinking approach for achieving a better understanding of Swidden cultivation in Vietnam

ERA Journal ID200592
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsMai, Thanh Van (Author) and To, Phuc Xuan (Author)
Journal TitleHuman Ecology: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Journal Citation43 (1), pp. 169-178
Number of Pages10
Year2015
Place of PublicationUnited States
ISSN0300-7839
1572-9915
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s10745-015-9730-8
Web Address (URL)https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10745-015-9730-8
Abstract

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).

Keywordsforest cover; soil erosion; paddy rice; food shortage; sustainable land
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440704. Environment policy
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Australian National University
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