Socio-Economic Perspectives on Shifting Cultivation Landscapes in Northern Laos

Heinimann, Andreas; Hett, Cornelia; Hurni, Kaspar; Messerli, Peter; Epprecht, Michael; Jørgensen, Lars; Breu, Thomas Michael (2013). Socio-Economic Perspectives on Shifting Cultivation Landscapes in Northern Laos. HUMAN ECOLOGY, 41(1), pp. 51-62. Springer 10.1007/s10745-013-9564-1

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Despite the rapid agricultural transition that has occurred in the past decade, shifting cultivation remains a widespread agricultural practice in the northern uplands of Lao PDR. Little information is available on the basic socio-economic situation and respective possible patterns in shifting cultivation landscapes on a regional level. On the basis of a recent approximation of the extent of shifting cultivation landscapes for two time periods and disaggregated village level census data, this paper characterizes these landscapes in terms of key socioeconomic parameters for the whole of northern Laos. Results showed that over 550,000 people live in shifting cultivation regions. The poverty rate of this population of 46.5 % is considerably higher than the national rural rate. Most shifting cultivation landscapes are located in remote locations and a high share of the population comprises ethnic minorities, pointing to multi-dimensional marginality of these areas. We discuss whether economic growth and increased market accessibility are sufficient to lift these landscapes out of poverty.

Item Type: Journal Article (Original Article)
Division/Institute: 08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Integrative Geography > Unit Geography of Sustainable Development
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Integrative Geography > Unit Sustainable Land Management
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > NCCR North-South Management Centre (discontinued)
10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)
UniBE Contributor: Heinimann, Andreas; Hett, Cornelia; Hurni, Kaspar; Messerli, Peter; Epprecht, Michael and Breu, Thomas Michael
Subjects: 900 History > 910 Geography & travel
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics
ISSN: 0300-7839
Publisher: Springer
Language: English
Submitter: Monika Wälti
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2013 15:35
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2015 10:47
Publisher DOI: 10.1007/s10745-013-9564-1
BORIS DOI: 10.7892/boris.39448
URI: http://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/39448

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