By Yujiro Hayami, Masao Kikuchi
This precise case learn explores the dramatic fiscal and social alterations that the rice belt of Laguna Province has skilled within the final quarter-century. in addition to significant advances in rice expertise, expanding inhabitants strain, land reform courses, turning out to be infrastructure, and concrete fiscal actions have speeded up the velocity of swap. using a special facts set equipped from a number of surveys from 1966 to 1997 in a customary Laguna village, the authors illustrate a trend of socioeconomic improvement shared via irrigated rice components all through Asia.
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Chapter 3 traces demographic changes in East Laguna Village and parallel changes in the characteristics of population and households, such as occupation, education and family size. A special focus is placed on the process by which strong population pressure on limited land has interacted with new rice technology and land reform to result in a major change in the village’s class structure in terms of relative shares of farmers’ and landless agricultural labourers’ households. Chapter 4 documents major changes in land tenure systems in East Laguna Village corresponding to the implementation of land reform programmes.
The seed received by the captain and council members in the villages were sown, and subsequently grew into plants with sharplypointed leaves that were almost half the height of traditional varieties. At harvest, the villagers were struck by their high yield – nearly twice that 32 A Rice Village Saga of traditional plants. Harvested paddy of the new variety was given to other villagers in exchange for the ordinary rice they grew. A more permanent channel of diffusion was on-farm demonstration experiments conducted by a Pila branch of the Bureau of Agricultural Extension.
His observation was consistent with ours in the past, though Catholic belief has seemed to be gaining power among villagers in recent years (Chapter 2). 12 A Rice Village Saga Some have argued that barrio fiesta can be regarded as a Catholic dressing on the ceremony of animism praying to a native spirit for a good crop (Gorospe, 1966; Takahashi, 1972, p. 138). Indeed, the practice of charms, spells and taboos based on animism is rampant in the village. In the adaptation of pre-Christian customs and practices to Christianity, Philippine villages may not be so different from those in other regions of the world, including Europe.
A Rice Village Saga: Three Decades of Green Revolution in the Philippines by Yujiro Hayami, Masao Kikuchi