Tran Duc Vien, A. Terry Rambo and Nguyen Thanh Lam eds, Farming with Fire and Water: The Human Ecology of a Composite Swiddening Community in Vietnams Northern Mountains
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The book offers a description of composite swiddening, a traditional Southeaster Asian agricultural system that combines shifting cultivation fields on the hillsides with irrigated paddy fields in the valleys. The book challenges the conventional belief that shifting cultivation inevitably causes deforestation. It describes this complex agro-ecosystem in terms of individual components, its adaptation to ongoing changes, and its wider use elsewhere in Vietnam s northern mountains. It will be of interest to Southeast Asian area scholars, agricultural ecologists, ethnologists and upland development policymakers.

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