by Paris, T.
Lead Paper presented at the International Conference on Social Science Perspective in Agricultural Research and Development, New Delhi, India, February 15-18, 2006. Organized by VARDAN in collaboration with International Food Policy Research Institute.
Over the years, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in partnership with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and National Agricultural Research and Extension Systems (NARES) in Eastern India have been contributing to the development of rice and rice-related technologies to improve food security and increase income of rice consuming population. Without underestimating the significance of this work, it is evident that much still remains to be done in making an impact among those the poorest of the poor who live in diverse, complex and fragile rainfed rice environments. There has been an obvious gap between the development of technologies and their effective utilization by poor farmers, both men and women. Given these continuing lacunae, it is highly appropriate for international and national agricultural research and development institutions dealing with rice-based systems to give serious attention to the use of social science research in identifying the bottlenecks in technology development, adoption and utilization. This paper highlights the contributions of social sciences in research and technology development in collaboration with the NARES in eastern India. It provides suggestions to strengthen the inputs of social scientists in problem-oriented research at the institutional,project and individual level.
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