publication . Article . 2005

land use and income diversification comparing traditional and colonist populations in the brazilian amazon

Jill L. Caviglia‐Harris; Erin O. Sills;
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  • Published: 15 Apr 2005 Journal: Agricultural Economics, volume 32, pages 221-237 (issn: 0169-5150, eissn: 1574-0862, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Wiley
Abstract
This article compares and analyzes land use and income diversification among two distinct groups of farmers in the Brazilian Amazon: recent colonists in Ouro Preto do Oeste, Rondonia, and traditional long-term residents along the Tapajos River, Para. We investigate the hypothesis that farmers who diversify their cash income sources clear less forest on an annual basis, and we compare these livelihood choices across colonist and traditional populations. In particular, we develop a conceptual model based on the household production framework and use econometric models to identify determinants of diversification and forest clearing. We find that diversification of ...
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free text keywords: Agronomy and Crop Science, Economics and Econometrics, Deforestation, Livelihood, Cash crop, Land use, Agricultural economics, Agriculture, business.industry, business, Amazon rainforest, Economics, Econometric model, Diversification (marketing strategy)
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