Shifting Cultivation and Secondary Succession in the Tropics

January 2013
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  • Published
    30th January 2013
  • ISBN 9781780640433
  • Language English
  • Pages 216 pp.
  • Size 6.875" x 9.75"
  • Images 45 illus

Shifting cultivation is the predominant system of arable farming in the humid and sub-humid tropics, where several hundred million people depend on this system of agriculture for their livelihood. This book documents and systematizes findings in shifting cultivation from over the last six decades, including characterizing secondary succession and relating the changes that fallow vegetation undergoes to the process of soil fertility restoration. This book is essential reading for researchers and students of tropical agriculture and related areas.

1. The Tropics
2. Shifting Cultivation: Definition, Basic Features and Types
3. Soil Dynamics during Cropping
4. Soil Dynamics during the Fallow Period
5. Fallow Vegetation Dynamics
6. Relationships between Fallow Soil and Vegetation
7. Ecological Succession Theory and Models
8. Theory and Models of Soil Fertility Restoration under Bush Fallow
9. Intensification of Shifting Cultivation
10. Alternative Farming Systems and the Future of Shifting Cultivation

Albert O. Aweto

Albert O. Aweto is Professor in the Department of Geography, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.