Agroecological Perspectives for Sustainable Development
Slash-and-Burn Cultivation and
Deforestation in Madagascar:
Why We Failed
in Addressing This Issue
Jacques Pollini is a PhD candidate in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell. After graduating
with a degree in ecology in Pau, France, in 1990, he worked in Madagascar as a technical advisor at
the Ministry of Environment, Water and Forest. He is studying rural development and environmental
policies in Madagascar, more speciﬁcally how projects, state services and international organizations
address the issues of slash-and-burn cultivation and deforestation. His objective is to propose a com-
prehensive picture of an environmental problem embedded in a complex social system that involves
local and global actors, and to create bridges between positivist environmental sciences and decon-
structivist relativist social sciences.
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
12:20 – 1:10 p.m.
135 Emerson Hall
The usual excellent refreshments can be expected.
Cosponsored by the Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development,
Management of Organic Inputs in Soils of the Tropics Group, the Ecoagriculture Working
Group, the Department of Natural Resources, and the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences.
The Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development (CIIFAD) promotes sustainable agricultural and rural
development in Asia, Africa and Latin America through knowledge generation, human resource development and institutional
strengthening. CIIFAD is located in 31 Warren Hall; 255-0831; http://ciifad.cornell.edu. CIIFAD is administered by the ofﬁce
of International Programs of CALS, which facilitates CALS faculty and students in international activities in support of teaching,
research and extension. IP/CALS is located in 35 Warren Hall; 255-3505; http://ip.cals.cornell.edu.
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