Shifting Cultivation Network

Jhum field (17)

Fresh Shoots appearing after the burning of the Jhum filed. Photo: NESFAS/Kegitar Lyngdoh Lyngkhoi

Many of the communities in contact with NESFAS reiterated the continuing importance and relevance of shifting cultivation in food security and the sustainable livelihood practices of indigenous peoples and its role in biodiversity conservation. Regretting the lack of understanding of many mainstream development workers, researchers and policy makers of the value of shifting cultivation to these local communities, many of these communities agree with the views of more informed researchers and policy makers that shifting cultivation is indeed a flexible, dynamic, low carbon emitting, energy efficient and sustainable.

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