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Swidden Agriculture and Conservation in Eastern Madagascar: Stakeholder Perspectives and Cultural Belief Systems

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dc.contributor.author Hume, Douglas William en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:52:08Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:52:08Z
dc.date.issued 2006 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2007-08-22 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2007-08-22 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/2636
dc.description.abstract "This paper describes and discusses several stakeholders' perspectives of agricultural change in eastern Madagascar. The historic and current government-sponsored attempts to facilitate the end of swidden agriculture in eastern Madagascar have largely failed due to particular cultural beliefs held by the rural farmers. The Malagasy government is implementing several agricultural and social policies designed to promote biodiversity conservation and increase crop yields to meet the increased needs of the rising human population. One key aspect of planned agricultural change ignored by the Malagasy government is the impact this change will have on the rural farmers' belief system connected with their traditional agriculture, tavy (swidden agriculture as termed and practised by the Malagasy). As the current plan of the Malagasy government stands, only the political, agricultural, ecological, and economic problems of the agricultural change are part of policymaking. In addition to perspectives from government-sponsored programmes, economic and cultural viewpoints from local rice sellers and rural farmers are presented." en_US
dc.subject agriculture en_US
dc.subject conservation en_US
dc.subject indigenous institutions en_US
dc.subject culture en_US
dc.title Swidden Agriculture and Conservation in Eastern Madagascar: Stakeholder Perspectives and Cultural Belief Systems en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.coverage.region Africa en_US
dc.coverage.country Madagascar en_US
dc.subject.sector Agriculture en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Conservation and Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 4 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 2 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth June en_US
dc.submitter.email aurasova@indiana.edu en_US

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