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The Shrinking Fields of Pokkali
A centuries-old organic farming in the backwaters of Kerala, making use of a symbiotic relationship between rice crop and prawns, is slowly disappearing as it is not commercially viable anymore and because of the high demand for real estate.

Hill rice farming in Sabah, East Malaysia
In a Dusun ethnic community in Bundu village in the Keningau district of the state of Sabah in East Malaysia, traditional hill rice cultivation is still practised.


 


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Small and marginal rice farmers make up about 70% of the people who cultivate the crop. They are among the poorest sectors in their countries and often do not own the land that they cultivate. Peasant women (who make up 50% of the number of rice farmers) have the least access and control over land and other productive resources.

Rice farming is very much part and parcel of the lives of many rural communities in Asia. The ‘community wisdom” or farmers’ wisdom of rice cultivation has been built up over centuries and inculcated into the culture of rice farming communities. Traditional farming methods have sustained small communities for generations, but in many places have either disappeared or are under threat due to economic development projects and the growth of modern day mono-cropping farms. Here are three examples of traditional farming methods practised by local communities.

Organic rice farming communities in Northeastern Thailand

An increasing number of rice farmers in Surin Province in Thailand are returning to organic rice farming combined with integrated farming systems and farmer-owned cooperatives after discovering the various benefits: improved livelihood as well as better health and environment.
Read the full article here.

Paddy that survives the flood

Agriculture In an era when yield performance of crops is the only factor taken into consideration, Varada basin farmers are struggling to conserve strains that they have inherited and retained over four decades.
Read the full article here.
(This article was the winning entry of the Asia Pacific Rice Journalist Award 2008/09 competition organised by PAN AP and the IFEJ. Written by Anitha Reddy of Karnataka, India, it was first published in “Deccan Hearald” on 4 August 2009.)

The Shrinking Fields of Pokkali

A centuries-old organic farm in the backwaters of Kerala, making use of a symbiotic relationship between the rice crop and prawns, is slowly disappearing as it is not commercially viable anymore and because of the high demand for real estate.
Read the full article here.
(This article was the winning entry of the 2007 Asian Rice Journalist Award competition organised by PAN AP and the IFEJ. Written by KPM Basheer of Kerala, India, it was first published in “The Hindu” on 26 August 2007 where Basheer is a Special Correspondent.)

Hill rice farming in Sabah, East Malaysia

In a Dusun ethnic community in Bundu village in the Keningau district of the state of Sabah in East Malaysia, traditional hill rice cultivation is still practiced.
For the full report of the study conducted by Pacos Trust on this community, please click here.

Pearls of Wisdom

This video produced by Sahaja Samrudha, Karnataka,for the Save our Rice Campaign documents rice farmer breeders in certain parts of India. To view please click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJ9f2nQBPZ8.

 

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