Practices, Productivity and  Perception
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Patterson, Fraser Stuart: Practices, Productivity and Perception: A Vulnerability Assessment of Rice Farming Households in the Eastern Ghats, India, Heidelberg ; Berlin: CrossAsia-eBooks, 2017 (2016) (Berlin Geographical Papers, Vol. 46).

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Fraser Stuart Patterson

Practices, Productivity and Perception

A Vulnerability Assessment of Rice Farming Households in the Eastern Ghats, India

Berlin Geographical Papers

Vulnerability assessments are an increasingly popular tool for evaluating the susceptibility of  households, communities, regions and countries to environmental and social change. This study  adopts the model of inherent or underlying vulnerability and  develops a social -environmental  vulnerability index that is applied in a case study  of rice farming households in the Eastern Ghats  of India. Assessing the vulnerability of farming household sub-groups based on land type and  holding size, this study investigates connections between cultivation practices, land size and  vulnerability. The study finds that dryland, or rainfed, rice farmers are significantly more vulnerable  than farmers cultivating rice on wetland and while small-scale farmers are more productive than  large scale farmers, they are also the most vulnerable. The study concludes that while small-scale  farmer’s productivity can be related to higher application of fertilisers, greater use of high-yielding  varieties and more intense use of labour, this higher productivity can be seen as an adaptation  strategy to the higher vulnerability to social and environmental change.