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April 2000 Issue
The Geographical Review
April 2000, Vol. 90 (2), pp. 177-191
PERI-URBAN AGROFORESTRY IN THE BRAZILIAN AMAZON
VANESSA A. V. SLINGER
Keywords: agroforestry, Amazonia, Brazil, migration, urbanization.
Together, urbanization and the search for sustainable development present a dilemma in the Brazilian Amazon: how to accommodate an expanding urban population while creating and maintaining sustainable production systems that feed the people and manage the forest. A unique peri-urban agroforestry project, implemented by a municipal government in western Amazonia and concerned with a citywide influx of rural agriculturalists and former forest-dwelling extractive producers, is examined as a source of food and self-determination. Peri-urban agroforestry seems to be a viable option for other Amazonian cities that are experiencing increasing urbanization and its associated problems.