Shifting Cultivation in Bhutan: A Gradual Approach to Modifying Land Use

The "problem" of shifting cultivation, which is accused of destroying forest resources, being uneconomical, leading to destruction of watersheds, erosion, desertification, etc., has already been the subject of two other case studies in this series (numbers 6 and 8). Those two studies tended to defend the view that the practice can be conserved for the time being in its traditional forms rather than being eliminated The present case study, however, is built around the concept that under the present circumstances of social and economic change, shifting cultivation is not a viable solution in the long run. Therefore, the author, Kumar P. Upadhyay, an FAO forestry expert working in South Asia, examines ways in which the practice could be gradually phased out.

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