Changes in rice farming in the Philippines: Insights from five decades of a household-level survey
This book centers around the structural and economic changes in rice farming that have occurred in the Philippines during the past five decades. As a researcher at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) for more than 30 years, Piedad Moya, the lead author, has been a witness to these changes through her involvement and encounters with farmers. This experience has given her first-hand knowledge of what is actually happening in farmers’ fields and with their families. Five years ago, she was given the responsibility to establish the social science database that involves the organization and consolidation of numerous farm-level data sets that IRRI's Social Sciences Division has accumulated over the years and make them available on the World Rice Statistics web site. The farm household survey database is a collection of farm-level data sets on rice productivity, fertilizer and pesticide use, labor inputs, prices, income, demographics, farm characteristics, and other related data on rice production in farmers’ fields.
The book consists of three major parts: (1) the main text that consists of eight chapters that deal with the quantitative data on rice production systems that present the trends and changes in yield, input use, and profitability of rice production over the years; (2) the last chapter consists of six case studies that focus on how the farm household and its family have changed over time; and (3) substantive appendices that contain not only detailed tables mentioned in the text, but detailed survey data per observation. A brief summary of all studies published or presented in a forum is also included as one section of the appendices.