Economic and ecological perspectives on agriculture in the Eastern Amazon

Angelica Toniolo, Christopher Uhl

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There are more than five million people that depend on subsistence agriculture for livelihood in the Brazilian Amazon. Using a case study approach, we show that intensive approaches to agriculture can offer advantages over extensive-style shifting cultivation and ranching in terms of productivity, net returns, and job and tax generation. We then use our data to illustrate how the availability of land, labor, and capital affects the adoption of intensive agricultural practices in the Eastern Amazon.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)959-973
Number of pages15
JournalWorld Development
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics


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