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Are All Shifting Cultivators Poor? Evidence from Sri Lanka’s Dry Zones

Prabath Nishantha Edirisinghe and H.M.B.S. Hearath

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Abstract: Shifting cultivation is one of the main causes of deforestation and forest degradation in Sri Lanka. This study uses household data and satellite images to investigate the determinants of shifting cultivation and the potential to control the intensity of this practice. Some 50% of households studied in Monaragala district of Sri Lanka practiced shifting cultivation during the 2011/2012 cultivation season. This practice is largely characterized by a short fallow period, mono cropping and high input use and repeated annual use of the same plot of land. Households practicing shifting cultivation, on average, use less than 1 hectare every year for this activity.

Keywords: Shifting cultivation; Sri Lanka; Slash and burn agriculture; Deforestation; forest degradation; mono cropping; plot of land; household practices; hectare. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017-07
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