A medical doctor who is also a farmer not only adopted the laser land leveling technology but piloted a service provision model for it—a first of...

One of the strategies to encourage farmers to adopt sustainable tools is building linkages between farming communities and the private sector. The IRRI-IPM...

Farmers in North America met the pressing competitive challenges they faced in the late 19th century through a disruptive innovation in cultivation technology...

The multi-stakeholder innovation platform approach promotes rice agribusiness by emphasizing active interaction with small and medium enterprises involved...

Through self-help groups, rural women are witnessing changes in their role in the agricultural sector: from “invisible” farm laborers to entrepreneurs....

Changes at the consumer level, labor shortages, and rising wage rates are expected to shape rice production in a farmer’s field. Small farmers will...

Under the “Mansholt Plan” for rice in Asia, governments are urged to expand farm size, promote mechanization, and improve yields and farm efficiencies to...

Few countries in Asia are familiar with precision land leveling or laser land leveling, but, in India, the technology has already been adopted in many...

Rice production in Africa In sub-Saharan Africa, rice is a very important staple and cash crop. In 2006, the region produced more than 21.6 million metric...

Perhaps surprisingly, farmers do not perform most of the labor on rice farms in South and Southeast Asia. In the Philippines and on the Indonesian island of Java, for example, rice farm families work  on average less than 40 days per year on the fundamental tasks of growing rice. If both husband and wife share this labor, each averages 13 hours per month. This is good...