Who Counts? Demography of Swidden Cultivators in Southeast Asia

Mertz, Ole, Leisz, J. Leisz, Heinimann, Andreas, Rerkasem, Kanok, Thiha, Dressler, Wolfram, Pham, Van Cu, Vu, Kim Chi, Schmidt-Vogt, Dietrich, Colfer, Carol J.P., Epprecht, Michael, Padoch, Christine and Potter, Lesley (2009) Who Counts? Demography of Swidden Cultivators in Southeast Asia. HUMAN ECOLOGY, 37 3: 281-289. doi:10.1007/s10745-009-9249-y

Author Mertz, Ole
Leisz, J. Leisz
Heinimann, Andreas
Rerkasem, Kanok
Dressler, Wolfram
Pham, Van Cu
Vu, Kim Chi
Schmidt-Vogt, Dietrich
Colfer, Carol J.P.
Epprecht, Michael
Padoch, Christine
Potter, Lesley
Title Who Counts? Demography of Swidden Cultivators in Southeast Asia
Journal name HUMAN ECOLOGY
ISSN 0300-7839
Publication date 2009-06-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10745-009-9249-y
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 37
Issue 3
Start page 281
End page 289
Total pages 9
Editor Ole Mertz
Christine Padoch
Jefferson Fox
Robet Cramb
Stephen Leisz
Nguyen Thanh Lam
Tran Duc Vien
Place of publication U.S.A.
Publisher Springer
Language eng
Subject C1
970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
160802 Environmental Sociology
Abstract Swidden cultivators are often found as a distinct category of farmers in the literature, but rarely appear in population censuses or other national and regional classifications. This has led to a worldwide confusion on how many people are dependent on this form of agriculture. The most often cited number of 200–300 million dates back to the early 1970s, but the source is obscure. We assess available, published data from nine countries in Southeast Asia and conclude that on this basis it is not possible to provide a firm estimate of the number of swidden cultivators in the region. A conservative range of 14–34 million people engaged in swidden cultivation in the region
Keyword Shifting cultivation
Southeast Asia
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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