Pursuing resilience in indigenously engineered, yet vulnerable, Philippines and Indonesian rice farming landscape

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Laurance Delina, Kevin Tam

As crises cascade, from COVID-19 to economic recession to weather extremes, rice farming resilience-the capacity to endure socio-economic and environmental stresses-is imperative for food security. In emerging economies such as the Philippines and Indonesia, rice sector development programs have focused on enhancing material capital and on expanding access to these assets. While these interventions have increased resilience, the contribution of non­material capital, such as farmers' relationships with other farmers and even with nonhuman entities such as the Divine, have not been properly unpacked, especially in vulnerable indigenous landscapes. Using multi-method approaches, this project will study Philippine and Indonesian indigenous rice farmers as they experience extreme water-related stressors, geological hazards, socio-economic pressures such as out-migration, economic insecurity, aging, over-tourism, and changing preferences among the youth to analyze the conditions that build their resilience (or extend their vulnerabilities), and to compare these experiences to reveal similarities and variations.

Principal Investigator (PI):  Laurance Delina, Division of Environment; Kevin Tam, Division of Social Science

This project is funded by the HKUST IEMS Research Grants 2021.  

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