Shifting cultivation in Indonesia. A new crop is sprouting through the burnt soil.
Shifting cultivation is an agricultural system in which areas of land are cultivated for a short time, then left to regenerate to their natural vegetation while the farmer moves on to another area.
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Slash-and-burn based shifting cultivation is a widespread historical practice in southeast Asia. Above is a satellite image of Sumatra and Borneo showing shift cultivation fires from October 2006.