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Agricultural landscapes of Kadavu: persistence and change on the Fijian periphery

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This chapter traces changes in cultivation practices and consequent agrarian landscapes in one of the more remote locations in the Fijian archipelago: Kadavu island. It illustrates diversity and persistence, but also change, within Pacific agrosystems, and addresses the opportunities and constraints of market commercialization. While a number of scholars have investigated society-nature relations in these islands, none have bridged disciplinary boundaries more adroitly and emphasized an applied bent than Harold Brookfield. Since the early 1970s his publications have attested to a concern for the environments, cultures and politicalecological processes of economic development within Fiji (Brookfield 1985, 1987, 1988; Brookfield and Hart 1971; Brookfield 1977). Additional theoretical contributions have informed the continuing debate over intensification in Pacific islands agriculture (Brookfield 1972, 1984, 2001a) and are of particular concern here.