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.