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Rice In The Rotational Farming

Rice Diversity: Center of Indigenous Life and Culture

It is importance that traditional indigenous seeds are recorded, preserved and revived. As native seeds are adaptable to climate and able to survive, they play a crucial role for present and future food security and for the identity of Indigenous Peoples.

This photo book is based on a collaborative study of the Pga K’nyau Association for Sustainable Development (PASD), Indigenous Knowledge and Peoples of Asia (IKPA) and the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP). It examines specific rice varieties that still prevail in the rotational fields today and establishes links between the culture, value of rice and the Indigenous Peoples in the Pga K’nyau communities Mae Lid Pa Kae and Mae Salee village, Mae Ho Subdistrict, Mae Sariang District, Mae Hong Son Province, and a Lua community in La-Oob Village, Huay Hom Subdistrict, Mae La Noi District, Mae Hong Son Province.

The study compares rice varieties existing in two indigenous groups which are still practicing rotational farming. We would like to present worldviews, perspectives, principles, key ideas, and philosophies of the Pga K’nyau and Lua people, in particular related to the importance of rice for nourishing both people’s lives and spirituality.

AIPP acknowledges the generous financial contribution of The Christensen Fund (TCF) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for the development and publication of this important knowledge product.

Click here to download the Rice in Rotational Farming [ English ] [ Thai ]

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