• Latest Issue: AJAD Volume 19 Number 1 (June 2022)

    Latest Issue: AJAD Volume 19 Number 1 (June 2022)

    Latest studies bare SEA "climate smart" actions to navigate onslaught of stresses, impacts to agriculture

    "Given the aggravating nature of climate change impacts, rice farming will increasingly rely on improved resilience to climate variability and extremes"—such is the premise of researchers from various international organizations on most of the papers headlining the June 2022 issue of the Asian Journal of Agriculture and Development (AJAD).

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  • Climate-Smart Villages in Southeast Asia: The Pivotal Role of Seed Systems in Rice-Based Landscapes

    Climate-Smart Villages in Southeast Asia: The Pivotal Role of Seed Systems in Rice-Based Landscapes

    Reiner Wassmann, Julian Gonsalves, Peter Sprang, Bui Tan Yen, Jerome Villanueva, Phalida Nelakhom, and Bernard Okumu

    Given the aggravating nature of climate change impacts, rice farming will increasingly rely on improved resilience to climate variability and extremes. To this end, the climate-smart village (CSV) approach was developed to address specific challenges of smallholder farmers. Within Southeast Asia, the CSV approach has so far been applied in Myanmar, Lao PDR, Cambodia,...

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  • Exploring Pathways for Promoting and Scaling Up Climate-Smart Agriculture in Myanmar

    Exploring Pathways for Promoting and Scaling Up Climate-Smart Agriculture in Myanmar

    Wilson John D. Barbon, Ohnmar Khaing, Phyu Sin Thant, and Julian Gonsalves

    This paper explores potential pathways for promoting and scaling up the uptake of climate-smart agriculture (CSA) in Myanmar, using qualitative methods. Key informant interviews with stakeholders from government, research institutes, international and local development agencies, and the private sector identified technology development as an important investment and...

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  • Coping with Climatic Stress in Eastern India: Farmer Adoption of Stress-Tolerant Rice Varieties

    Coping with Climatic Stress in Eastern India: Farmer Adoption of Stress-Tolerant Rice Varieties

    Mamta Mehar, Surendaran Padmaja Subash, and Narayan Prasad

    Cultivating stress-tolerant rice varieties (STRVs) is widely cited as a strategy of rice farmers to cope with climate-induced stresses. In India, dissemination of STRVs started in 2008 through international development initiatives, but only 5 percent of farmers have adopted it after seven years. Using a double-hurdle model, this study estimated the factors influencing...

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  • Nepal's Sacred Cattle: Profitability Analysis and Policy Implications

    Nepal's Sacred Cattle: Profitability Analysis and Policy Implications

    Kehinde Elizabeth Ojo, John J. VanSickle, and Bhawna Thapa

    This paper analyzes Nepal’s current livestock policy, which is rooted in culture and religion, and the extent to which its design has not kept pace with the continuing transformation of the country’s agricultural landscape. It estimates the impact of the no-slaughtering of cattle policy on dairy producers using Latin hypercube simulations to quantify a...

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  • Sustainability of Microfinance Institutions in Thailand

    Sustainability of Microfinance Institutions in Thailand

    Wittawat Hemtanon and Christopher Gan

    Microfinance programs play a vital role in poverty alleviation in developing countries; however, most microfinance institutions (MFIs) face the challenge of maintaining financial sustainability. While several studies have investigated factors affecting MFI financial sustainability, only a few focus on MFIs in Thailand. This paper uses the random effect model to study...

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  • BOOK REVIEW | The Ninth Revolution: Transforming Food Systems for Good

    BOOK REVIEW | The Ninth Revolution: Transforming Food Systems for Good

    Tai Wei Lim

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