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Thai Rice Farmers Growing Own Food for Financial Security

IFTF writes that with the insecurity of rice production, farmers are installing their own vegetable gardens. As one response to global price fluctuations and vulnerability of rice crops, some farmers have set aside part of their land for a vegetable garden to feed their families when rice yields or sales were poor.

Implications

IFTF writes that the high price of hybrid seed production in Thailand is forcing many small farmers who cannot afford them to adapt agricultural practices. This innovation at the margins is moving against the grain of the rice industry, which is propelled by hybrid seeds toward modernized, monocrop agriculture. The interplay of these two production methods will offer clues about how entire agricultural countries respond to climate change.

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Sources:

Strategic Foresight Group, Dec 2010, page 18:
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/SFG_Dec2010.pdf#page=18

Kawasaki, Jitana. ‘Thailand’s rice farmers adapt to Climate Change.’ Our World. 24 May, 2010: http://ourworld.unu.edu/en/climate-change-adaptation-for-thailands-rice-farmers/