Farmers in the Forest: Economic Development and Marginal Agriculture in Northern Thailand

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Publisher
University Press of Hawaii, The
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ISBN
0824803663
Collection
Regular item
Year
1978
Description

"This book arose from a 1970 conference at Chiang Mai. Northern Thailand is hilly to mountainous, with a semi-humid monsoonal rainfall and forest vegetation. It is occupied both by Thais, predominantly at lower altitudes, and 'hill tribes' of which the Karen are the most numerous. Swidden agriculture (shifting cultivation) is the predominant form of land use. Traditionally a cycle of 1 yr cultivation to 9 yr fallow was normal. Both population increase among the hill tribes and movement of Thai people into the hills have caused population pressure. Most contributors conclude that the system is destructive of forest and soil resources, and at least in some areas is no longer in ecological equilibrium. Each chapter is separately abstracted.-T.Young" [Researchgate.net]