For deforestation events that occurred 2001–2005, we recorded each the initial driver of change occurring within 4 years of tree cowl loss, and a secondary driver occurring a minimal of ten years after the occasion. This allowed us to look at longer term trajectories of land cowl change, and to gauge the extent of extra complex land cover transitions. Across the tropics agriculture is acknowledged as the predominant direct driver of deforestation, answerable for more than 70% of forest loss . Commercial export-oriented agriculture, versus small-scale subsistence farming, has grown in importance because the Nineties, particularly in Southeast Asia and South America . However, few nations routinely and systematically monitor the spatial and temporal tendencies in various kinds of agricultural, and non-agricultural, drivers of deforestation .