“Differentiation of Swidden Agriculture in Northeast Cambodia: Kavet Swiddeners, the State and the Markets in Kok Lak Commune”
Swidden agriculture has long been an important part of life for the Kavet indigenous people. However, it is not favoured by the authorities who have banned the practice, particularly in Protected Areas.
This project examined the case of Kavet indigenous people living in Kok Lak commune in Ratanakiri province. A large section of their traditional swidden land is now part of the Virachey National Park (VNP) – a Protected Area. The project aimed to help Protected Area managers to understand and to take the current social-economic transformations relating to the Kavet more into account. It looked at the history that has differentiated land use and land tenure systems over the past 40 years and then analysed related income formation mechanisms and food security status.