Is traditional rice reviving? An exploratory study in Kerala, India

Jayasree Krishnankutty, Rajesh K. Raju, Michael Blakeney, Kadambot H.M. Siddique

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Traditional rice systems are holistic systems, resilient, eco-friendly and a key to nutrition security but unfortunately, in decline. Traditional cultivation that uses local rice varieties appears to withstand the impacts of climate change. Many agencies in rice producing countries are working towards the revival of traditional rice varieties. This study explored the traditional rice farming scenario in Kerala, India. We looked at the farmers who cultivated traditional rice varieties, their satisfaction levels and what factors will possibly lead to the sustainability of traditional rice cultivation. The study found some emerging types of new rice farmers who were more satisfied with traditional rice cultivation. Marketed surplus, education, area and institutional support were identified as the key factors that lead to successful farm enterprises. While there were positive indicators for the sustainability of traditional rice, how far they will endure in the future is unclear.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-37
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal of Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021


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