This book follows the work of the 'Good Roots Project' - a multi-year forestry and agriculture research project in the Philippines. The scheme is an attempt on the part of industry, science and the government to better understand the processes of deforestation and initiate a strategy by which stressed upland ecosystems can be returned to productive stability. This comparative study aims quite simply, to help the farmers of the island to help themselves.
Ben Wallace the director of the study investigates the issues surrounding the project, how the initiatives have been implemented, and the future for the island as the population growth rates continue to expand and more land is increasingly given over to agriculture.
Table of Contents
1. The Good Roots Project 2. The Ilocano 3. The Yapayao 4. Measuring the Forest 5. Cultural Exploitation of the Forests 6. Good Roots Development 7. Conclusions and Post Scripts
Ben J. Wallace is Professor of Anthropology, Assistant Provost and Director of the International Office at the Southern Methodist University, USA.