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Who counts? Demography of swidden cultivators in Southeast Asia

Mertz, O; Leisz, S; Heinimann, A; Rerkasem, K; Thiha, no inital; Dressler, Wolfgang; Pham, V C; Vu, K C; Schidmt-Vogt, D; Colfer, Carol J Pierce; Epprecht, M; Padoch, Christine; Potter, Lesley

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Swidden cultivators are often found as a distinct category of farmers in the literature, but rarely appear in population censuses or other national and regional classifications. This has led to a worldwide confusion on how many people are dependent on this form of agriculture. The most often cited number of 200-300 million dates back to the early 1970s, but the source is obscure. We assess available, published data from nine countries in Southeast Asia and conclude that on this basis it is not...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/39404
Source: Human Ecology (Journal)
DOI: 10.1007/s10745-009-9249-y

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