Slash-and-burn agriculture — household perspectives uri icon

abstract

  • The paper explores household perspectives on slash-and-burn agriculture by first presenting a stylized conceptual model of household decision-making processes for the rural developing world, stressing: (a) household food and livelihood security objectives and time horizon; (b) joint and separate assessment of three types of resources available to the household natural, human, and financial; and (c) the environmental consequences of household livelihood resource use strategies. Considering the model in the context of the humid tropical forest agroecological zone where slash-and-burn agriculture is common, the paper then explores some conditioning factors to household decision-making that are prevalent throughout the zone, and their likely consequences on resource use patterns and environmental impact. Before examining some intra-zone differences, entry points for policy intervention, and broader policy and research guidelines necessary to promote both improvement in both human welfare and natural resource management are discussed.

publication date

  • 1996
  • 1996
  • 1996