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Re-reading Nepalese landscapes: labour, water, farming patches and trees

Marquardt, Kristina and Pain, Adam and Khatri, Dil (2020). Re-reading Nepalese landscapes: labour, water, farming patches and trees. Forests, Trees and Livelihoods. 29 , 238-259
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In this paper we use a patches approach to study changes in local land-use practices in response to constraints of labour and the increasing effects of climate change. Drawing on a mix of different participatory exercises and in-depth interviews we describe five categories of land use patches in two contrasting study areas in Nepal. We examine how decreasing access to land, labour and water generate socially differentiated local landscapes. Our findings point toward adaptive land-use responses that secure a subsistence production, encourage close integration between crop and tree land practices, but are supported by a remittance economy. This logic of local land use is not recognised by either agricultural or forestry institutions. We argue that an ongoing debate on land abandonment in Nepal is an example of how narrow sectoral understandings fail to comprehend adaptation practices in a complex landscape system.

Authors/Creators:Marquardt, Kristina and Pain, Adam and Khatri, Dil
Title:Re-reading Nepalese landscapes: labour, water, farming patches and trees
Series Name/Journal:Forests, Trees and Livelihoods
Year of publishing :2020
Page range:238-259
Number of Pages:22
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Agricultural Science
Keywords:Abandoned land, smallholder landscapes, land use, climate change, intensification, subsistence
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ID Code:22712
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
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Deposited On:08 Mar 2021 13:08
Metadata Last Modified:08 Mar 2021 13:11

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