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Title: Land Use in Shifting Cultivation: The Case of the Bongando (Ngandu) in Central Zaire
Authors: KIMURA, Daiji  kyouindb  KAKEN_id
Keywords: Tropical rain forest
Shifting cultivation
Forest destruction
Soil deterioration
Remote sensing
Issue Date: Mar-1998
Publisher: The Center for African Area Studies, Kyoto University
Journal title: African study monographs. Supplementary issue.
Volume: 25
Start page: 179
End page: 203
Abstract: Land use pattern of the Bongando, shifting cultivators living in central Zaire is studied, using data of remote sensing, land use map, and soil sampling. Cultivation-fallow cycle of the Bongando is not completed within the secondary forest, and the surrounding primary forest is successively cleared. It is because of sedentarization, population growth, and penetration of market economy. However, clear difference in soil fertility cannot be detected between forest and field, i.e. field soil is not extremely depleted by the cultivation. It suggests that by taking appropriate measures such as periodical village movement, tropical rain forest and its soil might be utilized continuously.
DOI: 10.14989/68386
Appears in Collections:25 (Man and Nature in Central African Forests)

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