Small-scale producers grow most of the rice in Asia, actively playing an important role in offering food security, job opportunities and also income across the area. But, a combination of worsening inequality in food value chains and the crippling effects of weather change is leaving rice farming systems at a critical juncture. These problems threaten the coming generations viability of rice production that underpins the livelihoods and primary food source for millions of people.
The completely new study commissioned by Oxfam demonstrates that rice farmers in some nations are able to get as low as 4% of the price paid out by consumers. This has implications for poverty: in Nepal, farmers’ income from rice farming is calculated at just 13% of the amount required for a basic but decent income.
The heavy load is especially bad for most women farming and working in the Asian rice industry: they get much lower wages and frequently suffer discrimination.
There are actually chances to modify. For instance, smarter government control to protect workers’ human rights and empower small-scale producers can support better returns for farmers; and diligent private industry investment can support small-scale producers to benefit from quickly modernizing rice markets.
These documents place forward a vision for a much more legal, sustainable and also climate-resilient rice industry; and offers suggestions for governments along with the private industry to help achieve that vision.share on