Call for papers and photographs on shifting cultivation in Asia-Pacific

The editors of the new book “Farmer Innovations and Best Practices by Shifting Cultivators in Asia-Pacific” are calling for papers and photographs. The book will explore the ways in which today’s shifting cultivators are innovating and adjusting their traditional practices to cope with the modern challenges of population growth, market economies, shortages of land and monocrops.

The deadline for submitting papers to this volume has now been extended until
July 1, 2018

The editors are particularly interested in exploring innovation in swidden systems and cultivation practices. The areas of innovation may be technical, such as improved fallow management, barrier technologies to reduce soil erosion in steep fields or new cropping patterns. Alternatively, innovations may be social, such as more effective methods of social fencing, labor arrangements or land tenure. Some of these innovations may be responses to recent pressures – such as land shortages or the effects of climate change. Other practices may have been refined over centuries of experimentation, as farmers continuously search for better ways to manage their land and forests.

The editors are also requesting photographs to portray shifting cultivation communities and illustrate innovative practices.

This book is the third and last volume of a trilogy about swidden agriculture in the Asia-Pacific region (see the first and second books in the series).

More details about the call for papers and photographs can be found in this document:

To find out more or participate in this volume, please contact the editor, Malcolm Cairns (


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