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Transition to Sustainable Tropical Land Management

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  • Burger, Kees

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Following the example of Tiffen et al. on Machakos, Kenya, new macro-based evidence was collected in Machakos, the neighbouring Kitui district and in Benin, Cameroon and the Philippines, to assess the factors à la Boserup, inducing transitions towards sustainable land management, such as terracing, stone bands etc. We find that relative scarcity of land can be seen to induce technical changes, in the sense of Hayami & Ruttan, that correspond to the new relative scarcity, making higher man-land ratios the optimal choice.

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Paper provided by European Association of Agricultural Economists in its series 2005 International Congress, August 23-27, 2005, Copenhagen, Denmark with number 24517.

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Keywords: soil and water conservation; sustainable agriculture; induced innovation; Boserup; Malthus; Land Economics/Use; Q12; Q21; Q28;

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  1. Barbier, Bruno, 1998. "Induced innovation and land degradation: Results from a bioeconomic model of a village in West Africa," Agricultural Economics, Blackwell, vol. 19(1-2), pages 15-25, September.
  2. Anselme Adegbidi & Esaie Gandonou & Remco Oostendorp, 2004. "Measuring the Productivity from Indigenous Soil and Water Conservation Technologies with Household Fixed Effects: A Case-Study of Hilly Mountainous Areas of Benin," Development and Comp Systems 0409005, EconWPA.
  3. Barbier, Bruno, 1998. "Induced innovation and land degradation: Results from a bioeconomic model of a village in West Africa," Agricultural Economics: The Journal of the International Association of Agricultural Economists, International Association of Agricultural Economists, vol. 19(1-2), September.
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