Slash-and-Burn Agriculture: The Search for Alternatives

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Overview

Every year about 130,000 km2 of humid tropical rain forest is destroyed. Caused in part by the slash-and-burn practices of both large- and small-scale farmers in Brazil, Cameroon, Indonesia, and elsewhere, the environmental implications of tropical deforestation and its threat to biodiversity and carbon emissions remain a worldwide concern. Yet the small-scale farmers who use slash-and-burn agriculture depend on it to produce food and make a living for their families. Balancing the legitimate interests of rural households and global concerns about tropical deforestation is one of the major challenges of the coming decades.

The Alternatives to Slash and Burn (ASB) consortium was formed in 1992 by a group of concerned national and international research institutions to address the global and local issues associated with this form of agriculture. With contributions from agronomists, foresters, economists, ecologists, and anthropologists, this book synthesizes the first decade of ASB's work. It assesses the environmental, economic, and social impact of deforestation and identifies the costs and benefits of alternative uses of forests and cleared land. Throughout the volume, the contributors present new conceptual tools and a rich compendium of empirical analyses needed to formulate viable alternatives to slash-and-burn agriculture.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Sustainable Agriculture - Raymond P. Poincelot

The book is rich in conceptual tools, empirical analyses, and alternatives... I highly recommend it.

Bioscience - Gary S. Hartshorn

An important synthesis of research arising from the 1992 creation of the Alternatives to Slash and Burn (ASB) consortium.

Environmental Conservation - Manfred Denich

The book is worth reading. It is a cornucopia of facts, hypotheses, research approaches, thoughts and examples exciting for scientists.

Economic Botany - John Klock

Forest scientists of all disciplines... would benefit by reading this book.

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New Agriculturist

This book... offers a detailed analysis of the many dimensions of deforestation.

Journal of Sustainable Agriculture
The book is rich in conceptual tools, empirical analyses, and alternatives... I highly recommend it.

— Raymond P. Poincelot

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Recommended

Bioscience
An important synthesis of research arising from the 1992 creation of the Alternatives to Slash and Burn (ASB) consortium.

— Gary S. Hartshorn

Environmental Conservation
The book is worth reading. It is a cornucopia of facts, hypotheses, research approaches, thoughts and examples exciting for scientists.

— Manfred Denich

Economic Botany
Forest scientists of all disciplines... would benefit by reading this book.

— John Klock

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231134507
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 8/10/2005
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Cheryl A. Palm is senior research scientist, the Earth Institute at Columbia University; Stephen A. Vosti is associate director, Center for Natural Resources Policy Analysis, University of California-Davis; Pedro A. Sanchez is director of Tropical Agriculture, the Earth Institute at Columbia University; Polly J. Ericksen is a science officer fellow with the Global Environmental Change and Food Systems.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

1 Alternatives to slash and burn : challenge and approaches of an international consortium 3
2 Carbon losses and sequestration after land use change in the humid tropics
3 Greenhouse gas fluxes in slash and burn and alternative land use practices in Sumatra, Indonesia 64
4 The potential role of above-ground biodiversity indicators in assessing best-bet alternatives to slash and burn 83
5 Below-ground biodiversity assessment : developing a key functional group approach in best-bet alternatives to slash and burn
6 Sustainability of tropical land use systems after forest conversion 143
7 The forest for the trees : the effects of macroeconomic factors on deforestation in Brazil and Indonesia 170
8 Sustainable forest management for smallholder farmers in the Brazilian Amazon 199
9 Permanent smallholder rubber agroforestry systems in Sumatra, Indonesia 222
10 Coffee, pastures, and deforestation in the Western Brazilian Amazon : a farm-level bioeconomic model 233
11 Smallholder options for reclaiming and using Imperata cylindrica L. (alang-alang) grasslands in Indonesia 248
12 The Western Brazilian Amazon 265
13 The forest margins of Sumatra, Indonesia 291
14 The forest margins of Cameroon
15 The Peruvian Amazon : development imperatives and challenges 332
16 Northern Thailand : changing smallholder land use patterns 355
17 Land use systems at the margins of tropical moist forest : addressing smallholder concerns in Cameroon, Indonesia, and Brazil 387
18 Balancing agricultural development and environmental objectives : assessing tradeoffs in the humid tropics
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