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Briefer on "Shifting Cultivation and Indigenous Peoples"

An estimated 80 million people in Asia depend fully or partly on shifting cultivation for their livelihood and food security. Majority of the shifting cultivators are indigenous peoples for whom the importance of this activity goes beyond mere economic concerns. It is the pivot around which their annual work and ritual cycle revolve, forming an intricate part of their way of life and cultural identity. The practice of shifting cultivation also enhances the biodiversity of forests with more flora and fauna.

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