Intensifying Small-Scale Agriculture in the Western Brazilian Amazon: Issues, Implications and Implementation.

TitleIntensifying Small-Scale Agriculture in the Western Brazilian Amazon: Issues, Implications and Implementation.
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsVosti S, Witcover J, Carpentier C, Oliveira S, dos Santos J
ContactAuthorasb@cgiar.org, vosti@primal.ucdavis.edu
Book TitleTradeoffs or Synergies? Agricultural Intensification, Economic Development and the Environment.
Chapter12
PublisherCAB International
CityWallingford, UK
ISBN9780851994352
Keywordsagricultural, agronomic, Biodiversity, Carbon stocks, environmental, slash-and-burn, Sustainability
AbstractThe study area is in the western Brazilian Amazon and is the Brazilian site of the Alternatives to Slash and Burn Agriculture (ASB) Programme. Firstly, the area's land use systems are described and entry points for agricultural intensification strategies are suggested. Secondly, the relative scarcity of land and labor is examined. Third, there is a presentation of evaluations of pairs of land-use system alternatives (traditional systems versus proposed more intensive alternatives), regarding adaptability, agronomic sustainability and broader environmental impacts, as well as tradeoffs between intensification and adaptability, plant biodiversity and carbon stocks. Finally the constraints involved in promoting successful intensification are outlined.
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