Adoption of improved rice technologies for marginal lands: a Philippines case study


  • K.D. Brown Department of Plant Breeding and Biometry, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853, USA


Varietal adoption, Technologies, Varietal preference, Rice, Small farmers, Marginal lands, Philippines, Cold tolerance, Varietal improvement, Double cropping, Fertilizers


The Ifugao people of Banaue, traditional small farmers in a mountainous area of the Philippines, were interviewed and field trials were conducted to study the adoption of appropriate rice technologies. The farmers preferred varieties improved for earliness, yield and tillering ability relative to traditional land races, while maintaining existing levels of cold tolerance and other adaptive traits. RPKn-2, an improved variety released in 1975, satisfies all the farmers' preferences, yet it has never been widely adopted because of failures in its method of introduction. More adoptable varieties, cropping systems, and soil fertility management practices along with better extension practices are recommended for Banaue. General implications for other studies are also discussed. Both adaptation and introduction must be considered for the successful adoption of new crop technologies by traditional small farmers on marginal lands.



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