The Causes of Land Degradation along "Spontaneously" Expanding Agricultural Frontiers in the Third World

  title={The Causes of Land Degradation along "Spontaneously" Expanding Agricultural Frontiers in the Third World},
  author={Douglas Dewitt Southgate},
  journal={Land Economics},
The extent and consequences of deforestation and related environmental degradation in the developing world have become the subject of considerable debate and concern. There is disagreement about how rapidly tree-covered land near the equator is being cleared or otherwise disturbed. Likewise, tropical deforestation's impacts have proven difficult to identify and to evaluate. By contrast, the contribution small farmers make to deforestation is universally understood. Land clearing has been more… Expand
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