The Agrarian Transition in Mainland Southeast Asia: Changes in Rice Farming—2000 to 2018 (Part II)

Type: Virtual Paper
Sponsor Groups: Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group, Development Geographies Specialty Group
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Day: 4/8/2021
Start / End Time: 4:40 PM / 5:55 PM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 36
Organizers: W. Nathan Green, Ian Baird
Chairs: Jefferson Fox


Broadly speaking, the agrarian transition refers to a transformation from an agrarian society, where agriculture represents the most important source of household income and the largest proportion of a nation’s GDP, to a society that is predominantly urbanized, industrialized, and market-based. Mainland Southeast Asia has been one of the key areas where scholars have documented how farming households have shifted to industrial pursuits and become more mobile as a result of livelihood diversification and growing urban-rural connections. Despite the growing literature on the agrarian transition’s impact on livelihoods, culture, family structure, and identity in mainland Southeast Asia, however, few scholars have examined how rice production systems themselves are changing in the face of these transformations. Our research thus explores the multiple pathways and directions through which socioeconomic changes are influencing rice production systems in the Mekong and Red River Deltas in Vietnam, central and northeastern Thailand, central Laos, and northwestern Cambodia. We examine the implications of these changes for food security, livelihoods, development, the environment, and other factors. The papers in this series will present country-level findings from this research, which our team conducted in 2018 and 2019. Together, the papers advance theoretical discussions about agrarian transitions in a globalized economy by providing comparative analysis grounded in both extensive and intensive data. This comparative research will have significant policy implications for managing agriculture to ensure sustained food security and equitable development.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Stephen Leisz*, Colorado State University, Differences in patterns of rice cultivation changes in the Red River Delta of Vietnam 2000 to 2020 15 4:40 PM
Presenter Tuyen Nghiem*, Vietnam National University, Hanoi, Family structure and rice cultivation/farming change in the Red River Delta of Vietnam 15 4:55 PM
Presenter Tuan Vo*, , Change analysis of rice area under salinity intrusion in the Mekong Delta 15 5:10 PM
Presenter Kaspar Hurni*, East West Center, Jefferson Fox, East West Center, Harmonic time series models to map paddy rice cropping intensity and timing of land management using medium resolution remote sensing data in Mainland Southeast Asia. 15 5:25 PM
Discussant Jonathan Rigg 15 5:40 PM

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