The contribution of Paraserianthes (Albizia) falcataria to sustainable swidden management practices among the Baduy of West Java

Iskandar, Johan and Ellen, Roy F. (2000) The contribution of Paraserianthes (Albizia) falcataria to sustainable swidden management practices among the Baduy of West Java. Human Ecology, 28 (1). pp. 1-17. ISSN 0300-7839. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

There is a prohibition on the use of modern external inputs, such as chemical fertilizers, in Baduy swidden farming. Ordinarily, the consequence of this in a situation of acute forest pressure would be a decrease in fallow rimes, and an inevitable depletion of soil fertility. The Baduy (particularly Outer Baduy) have several ways of alleviating this problem, one of which is the introduction of Paraserianthes (Albizia) falcataria. By alternating this commercially valuable perennial leguminous tree with rice, soil fertility is maintained and the socio-economic position of the Baduy improved. As a result, swidden farming, which is considered by the Baduy to be central to their cultural identity, continues to be viable, despite increasing population density and the continuing depletion of mature forest.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Paraserianthes falcataria; Albizia; swidden cultivation; sustainability; West Java
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Depositing User: O.O. Odanye
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2009 08:23
Last Modified: 02 May 2014 14:48
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/16258 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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