The shifting ground of swidden agriculture on Palawan Island, the Philippines

Dressler, W and Pulhin, J (2010) The shifting ground of swidden agriculture on Palawan Island, the Philippines. Agriculture and Human Values, 27 4: 445-459. doi:10.1007/s10460-009-9239-0

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Author Dressler, W
Pulhin, J
Title The shifting ground of swidden agriculture on Palawan Island, the Philippines
Journal name Agriculture and Human Values   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0889-048X
Publication date 2010-12-01
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10460-009-9239-0
Volume 27
Issue 4
Start page 445
End page 459
Total pages 15
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Language eng
Abstract Recent literature describing the process and pathways of the agrarian transition in Southeast Asia suggests that the rise of agricultural intensification and the growth of commodity markets will lead to the demise of swidden agriculture. This paper offers a longitudinal overview of the conditions that drive the agrarian transition amongst indigenous swidden cultivators and migrant paddy farmers in central Palawan Island, the Philippines. In line with regional agrarian change, we describe how a history of conservation policies has criminalized and pressured swidden farmers to adopt more intensive "modern" agricultural practices. We examine how indigenous swidden cultivators adjust their practice in response to recent changes in policies, security of harvests, and socio-cultural values vis-à-vis intensification. Rather than suggest that this transition will lead to the demise of swidden, results reveal that farmers instead negotiate a shifting ground in which they lean on and value swidden as a means of negotiating agrarian change. © 2009 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Keyword Agrarian transition
Palawan Island
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online 23 September 2009

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