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Improving smallholder farming systems in imperata areas of southeast Asia: alternatives to shifting cultivation

 

The predominant form of land use by smallholders on Imperata grassland is shifting cultivation. Shifting cultivation is also the land use with the most damaging ecological consequences, in terms of soil erosion and fire. This publication contains a report of a research project: Improving smallholder farming systems in Imperata areas of Southeast Asia: a bioeconomic modelling approach. The nature of the Imperata problem and the methodology used is outlined.