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close this bookIndigenous Agroforestry in Latin America: a Blueprint for Sustainable Agriculture? (NRI, 1994, 24 p.)
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Glossary

Agroforestry

Agricultural systems where trees and shrubs are deliberately combined with crops and / or livestock on the same unit of land

Amerindians

Indigenous peoples of Latin America

Barbecho

Cleared forest land abandoned to bush regrowth

Caboclo

Brazilian of mixed parentage


(Amerindian / European / African)

New colonists

Migrants who have settled in the frontier forests since the 1960s

Swidden

Traditional subsistence agroforestry system practiced by the Amerindians which includes cutting and burning small plots of forest for crop production, followed by long-term fallowing of the land

Ribeirinhos

Brazilians of mixed race origin inhabiting the floodplains

Ribere

Peruvian descendants of Amerindians and immigrants, usually riverside dwellers

Crops


A palm

Euterpe oleracea

Cacao

Cocoa- Theobroma cacao

Caimito

Pouteria caimito

Cassava

Manioc - Manihot esculenta

Cupa

Cissus gongylodes

Macambo

Theobroma bicolor

Taro

Cocoyam - Colocasia esculenta

Ulvilla

Pourouma cecropiaefolia

Umari

Poraqueiba sericia

Urucu

Bixa orellana