PhD defence

How Smallholder Farmers in Uttarakhand Reworked the System of Rice Intensification: Innovations from Sociotechnical Interactions in Fields and Villages

PhD candidate D Sen
Promotor Paul prof.dr. P (Paul) Richards
Co-promotor dr. ir. H Maat, dr. DBA Glover, dr. C Shambu Prasad
Organisation Wageningen University, Knowledge Technology and Innovation, Wageningen School of Social Sciences (WASS)

Fri 20 November 2015 11:00 to 12:30

Venue Auditorium, building number 362
Generaal Foulkesweg 1
6703 BG Wageningen


The System of Rice Intensification (SRI) is an innovation in rice production. This thesis, rather than returning to earlier debates about SRI's adoption and performance, attempts to understand how farm households and their communities have responded to the introduction of SRI in an agro‐ecological region dominated by smallholders and lightly impacted by the Green Revolution. The research study illustrates that blueprints for agricultural technology are unlikely to be applicable in the same way across diverse agro‐ecological settings. It highlights farmers’ adaptive capacities to reconfigure practices, reorganize social formations, and reschedule routines in response to farming interventions, in order to maximize the exploitation of agro‐ecological niches, minimize uncertainty in farm production and rationalize the employment of the available work force. The research provides insights into the integration of social and technical dimensions of crop cultivation, particularly the dynamics of rice farming using SRI but also for agronomy as a whole.