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shifting cultivation

A farming system, common in the tropics, in which land is cleared, the debris burned, and crops grown for a relatively short period until yields decline. The land is then abandoned. The original land is cleared and cropped again after a uncontrolled fallow period of 3-20 years, usually when soil fertility has been naturally restored by woody vegetation.
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  • slash and burn agriculture
  • bush fallow systems
  • swidden agriculture
  • slash-and-burn agriculture
  • slash and burn farming
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