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Subsistence Farming. World-wide most farmers are subsistence-growing just enough to feed their families. They find building material and fuel in the natural environment-no cash economy Small fields-intensive farming on land they often don ’ t own.

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Subsistence farming

Subsistence Farming

  • World-wide most farmers are subsistence-growing just enough to feed their families.

  • They find building material and fuel in the natural environment-no cash economy

  • Small fields-intensive farming on land they often don’t own.

  • Methods and tools used are generally very low tech.

  • Found in South & Central America, Africa, South Asia, and South East Asia


Subsistence farming

On the Greek island of Crete, a peasant plows a field with a donkey


Shifting agriculture slash burn patch or milpa

Shifting Agriculture-Slash & Burn, Patch or Milpa

  • Tropical areas-red soil is heavily leached.

  • Plot of land is cleared by burning-ash replenishes soil.

  • A type of crop rotation-tubers in warm tropics, grains in humid subtropics, fruit in cooler regions.

  • Not nomadic-central village with parcels of land worked in succession

  • Conserves forests & soil, requires organization


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