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Crop diversity and fallow management in a tropical deciduous forest shifting cultivation system

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Human Ecology, vol. 24, issue 4 (1996) pp. 427-453

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Shifting cultivation is important to many of the inhabitants of tropical
forest regions. Much scientific research has been conducted on this form
of agriculture in the humid tropics, but the drier portions of the
tropics remain less studied. The shifting cultivation system practiced
in the tropical deciduous forests of western Guerrero, Mexico, provides
insight into such production systems, especially with regard to crop
diversity and fallow characteristics. This system is characterized by
low crop diversity, based primarily on maize (Zea mays) cultivation, and
a general lack of fallow management. The farmers also utilize several
strategies not common to many other regions, including highly seasonal
labor allocation patterns, varying fallow cycle lengths, and the
occasional application of chemical inputs.

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  • Fallow management
  • Mexico
  • Monoculture
  • Shifting cultivation
  • Tropical deciduous forest

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  • Dean P. Lambert

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