Shifting cultivation in transition - variable impacts on people's livelihoods -two African cases (Zambia and Tanzania): "Social-ecological outcomes of shifting cultivation in transition" - Open Science Meeting of the Global Land Programme Bern 24-26th 2019

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Summary - Zambian case:
• Welfare has generally improved over the past 10 years - attributed to agricultural expansion and intensification (incl. government input subsidies), coupled with the growth of various crop markets – increased rural-urban connections (livelihood diversification).
• More money available, which has led to improved food security and living standards. People can generally afford better clothing, household commodities, and education for their children.
• However, it was noted by the villagers that there is now a larger disparity in wealth within the community.

Summary - Tanzanian case:
The upland village:
• Adoption and enforcement of land tenure policies that restrict shifting cultivation.
• International policies on climate change - REDD+
The plateau village: • Population pressure causing competition for land between shifting cultivators and pastoralists.
• National land tenure and resource use policies

The outcome In both villages the transformation of shifting cultivation negatively affected household income and increased periods of food insecurity.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2019
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventOpen Science Meeting of the Global Land Programme Bern 24-26 th: "Social-ecological outcomes of shifting cultivation in transition" - University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland
Duration: 24 Apr 201926 Apr 2019


ConferenceOpen Science Meeting of the Global Land Programme Bern 24-26 th
LocationUniversity of Bern
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    Research areas

  • Faculty of Science - Shifting cultivation, social-ecological systems, Zambia, Tanzania, Transition processes

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