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Reviews/bibliographies/lists on swidden/shifting cultivation
These studies cover economic, political, scientific and historical dimensions of shifting cultivation in various countries and may be helpful to Burma/Myanmar in drafting its land use policy

Websites/Multiple Documents

Title: "Himalaya"
Description/subject: 1-3 issues a year from 1980...contains articles on shifting cultivation, Burma, Myanmar etc.
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Himalaya" (Macalester University)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 10 March 2015


Title: Myanmar Land, Agribusiness, and Forestry Forum (MYLAFF)
Description/subject: "MYLAFF - a forum for sharing information about land, rural livelihoods, forests, fisheries, agribusiness investment and natural resource management in Myanmar... The main URL given here is the public entry to MYLAFF. For access to more documents, users have to sign up to MYLAFF... *Members of the forum include government officials, staff of donor agencies and NGOs, project experts, academics and business people... *We aim to support rural development in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar through providing stakeholders and decision-makers with a space for communication and better access to information and analysis... *Our online document repository is at www.mylaff.org, where you can find a wide variety of documents in both English and Myanmar language, alongside others...Under Farming Systems, MYLAFF has a section on shifting cultivation... *More information is available in the FAQ, which is available here: http://www.mylaff.org/static/MyLAFF_FAQ.pdf..."
Language: English, Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: MYLAFF
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://www.mylaff.org
http://www.mylaff.org/static/MyLAFF_FAQ_long.pdf
Date of entry/update: 03 March 2015


Title: Swidden related publications - Jefferson Fox
Author/creator: Jefferson Fox
Language: English
Source/publisher: Jefferson Fox
Format/size: pdf (130K)
Date of entry/update: 27 January 2015


Individual Documents

Title: MATERIAL IN THE ONLINE BURMA/MYANMAR LIBRARY (OBL) RELATING TO SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE, LAND, SHIFTING CULTIVATION, MYANMAR LAND LAW, POLICY ETC.
Date of publication: 06 March 2015
Description/subject: Lists the main areas of the Library where these themes are covered
Language: English
Source/publisher: Online Burma/Myanmar Library
Format/size: pdf (34K)
Date of entry/update: 06 March 2015


Title: Examining how long fallow swidden systems impact upon livelihood and ecosystem services outcomes compared with alternative land-uses in the uplands of Southeast Asia
Date of publication: 2015
Description/subject: "...Through a detailed analysis of each major period of research since 1945, this review aims to systematically assess studies on swidden and alternative land uses in the uplands of Southeast Asia. In doing so, our review examines the possible outcomes swidden and alternative land-use changes have on associated livelihood and ecosystem services in the region over time. In this way, the review will provide a much needed synthesis of the available data to provide policy-makers and practitioners with an evidence base in order to make informed decisions when it comes to land and forest policies and activities for the uplands of Southeast Asia..."
Author/creator: Wolfram Dressler, David Wilson, Jessica Clendenning, Rob Cramb, Sango Mahanty, Rodel Lasco, Rodney Keenan, Phuc To, Dixon Gevana
Language: English
Source/publisher: Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) - CIFOR Working Paper no. 174
Format/size: pdf (515K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/2015-Clendenning_et_al-Fallow_Swidden-WP174.pdf
Date of entry/update: 24 February 2015


Title: A Review of Swidden Agriculture in Southeast Asia
Date of publication: February 2014
Description/subject: Introduction: "Swidden agriculture , also known as shifting cultivation or slash - and - burn farming, is an age - old and prevailing subsistence farming practice in the tropical regions [1 – 4]. T here are 40 – 50 countries globally [5] with almost 300 – 500 million people directly or indirectly carrying out this traditional swiddening system [6 – 8]. Evidences from a recent meta - analysis published by van Vliet et al. [9] suggest that these swidden cultivators are mostly located in the mountainous and hilly parts of Latin America, Central Africa and Southeast A sia (SEA). Based on the Institute of Scientific Information (ISI) Web of Science database ( 8 October 2013) , swidden agriculture is mainly practiced by smallholder farmers in a conservative estimate of 64 developing countries (Figure 1 , [9 – 25] ) from Africa, Latin America, and South/Southeast Asia. Forty - five of them are part of the United Nations collaborative initiative on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (or the UN - REDD Programme) partner countries (currently 48 in total). It sh ows that the monitoring of swidden agriculture will greatly contribute to implementing and managing the REDD projects"
Author/creator: Peng Li , Zhiming Feng, Luguang Jiang, Chenhua Liao, Jinghua Zhang
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Remote Sensing". 2014, 6, 1654-1683
Format/size: pdf (432K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.mdpi.com/2072-4292/6/2/1654
Date of entry/update: 26 January 2015


Title: The impacts of shifting cultivation on tropical forest soil: a review
Date of publication: 2013
Description/subject: Abstract: "The sustainability of shifting cultivation is presently a topic of debate in scientific and institutional communities; however, there is no current consensus. To address this debate, we performed a search of the pertinent literature that was published during the last 30 years on the impact of shifting agriculture on tropical soils. This search revealed that the nature of the impact depends on the shifting cultivation system (SCS) phase (conversion, cultivation, or fallow) and on the soil properties (physical, chemical, and biological). We also suggest soil quality indicators for evaluating this agricultural practice in tropical forests, which may be used as a basis for analyses on the tendencies of conservation and degradation of impacted soils. Future research should improve the choices of these indicators, relying mostly on practical criteria, so they can be used by shifting cultivators".
Author/creator: Alexandre Antunes Ribeiro Filho, Cristina Adams, Rui Sergio Sereni Murrieta
Language: English (Portuguese also available)
Source/publisher: Bol. Mus. Para. Emílio Goeldi. Cienc. Hum., Belém, v. 8, n. 3, p. 693-727, set.-dez. 2013, Universidade de São Paulo.
Format/size: pdf (1MB), html
Alternate URLs: http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?pid=S1981-81222013000300013&script=sci_arttext
Date of entry/update: 07 January 2015