The age-old practice of shifting cultivation is still misunderstood by policy makers

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Indigenous people should have the right to practice shifting cultivation


A new publication calls for better recognition of indigenous peoples’ rights to practice shifting cultivation in Asia-Pacific to ensure food security.

The publication: Shifting Cultivation, Livelihood and Food Security: New and Old Challenges for Indigenous Peoples in Asia includes 7 case studies from Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Nepal and Thailand. It has been jointly produced by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA).

The case studies provide evidence of how, if properly managed and environmentally sound, shifting cultivation can provide multiple benefits.

Read the full article: World Agroforestry Centre

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.