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Agricultural Expansion and Tropical Deforestation: Poverty, International Trade and Land Use



Volume co-published with Earthscan and WWF.

Arguing that there is no clear-cut causal relationship between tropical deforestation, international trade and agricultural expansion in developing countries, the authors undertake a multidisciplinary analysis of economic and agricultural development worldwide. This book draws on empirical data from case studies from Africa, East Asia and South America and proposes that national and regional policies have as much impact as the forces of globalization. It also notes that historical and contextual factors such as land tenure and farming systems must be incorporated in the analysis. The authors suggest that tropical deforestation is a systematic problem that requires deep policy and institutional reforms at all levels. The key issue, they conclude, is whether social actors can bring about the required institutional and policy reforms for the improvement of rural livelihoods, while at the same time protecting tropical forests.

Contents: Introduction: Social Determinants of Deforestation: A complex issue; Principal questions guiding the research; The case study countries • The Extent of Tropical Deforestation and Agricultural Expansion in Developing Countries: Recent land use changes • Tropical Deforestation and Agricultural Expansion in the Case Study Countries: Public policy-induced deforestation in Brazil; Deforestation and agricultural expansion in Guatemala; China; Cameroon; Malaysia • Linkages with International Trade: Brazil; Guatemala; China; Malaysia; Cameroon; Diverse and changing linkages • Toward More Sustainable Use of Tropical Agricultural and Forest Resources: Causes and impacts of tropical deforestation in the case study countries; Local-level constraints and opportunities; The crucial role of national policies and institutions; International reforms
  • Publication and ordering details
  • Pub. Date: 1 Jan 2001
    Pub. Place: London
    ISBN: 1 85383 665 6
    Type: Paperback
    From: Earthscan
  • Pub. Date: 1 Jan 2001
    Pub. Place: London
    ISBN: 1 85383 666 4
    Type: Hardback
    From: Earthscan