As will be made clear in the pages that follow, this book is based on a field research project focused on rice-growing and undertaken in parts of North Arcot District in Tamil Nadu (India) and of Hambantota and Mon-eragala Districts, Sri Lanka. We use 'S.E. Sri Lanka' as shorthand for the whole of the latter study area, and 'Hambantota District' for the part of it which falls in that District. Except where the context requires otherwise, the present in our book refers to 1973-4; while 'Randam' and 'Paha-lagama' are fictitious names for real villages. The project was an inter-disciplinary one, involving workers qualified in economics, geography, hydrology, sociology, statistics and the study of the administration of development.

chapter 1|6 pages

Technology and Change in Rice-growing Areas

ByB. H. Farmer

chapter 2|13 pages

Setting the Stage

ByB. H. Farmer, C. M. Madduma Bandara, V. Shanmuga Sundaram, W. P. T. Silva

chapter 3|10 pages

Paddy and Rice Statistics in Sri Lanka

ByBarbara Harriss

chapter 4|7 pages

Bias in Perception of Agrarian Change in India

ByJohn Harriss

chapter 5|17 pages

Research Methodology

ByRobert Chambers, B. Nanjamma Chinnappa, Barbara Harriss, B. W. E. Wickremanayake

chapter 7|7 pages

Chena-Paddy Interrelationships

ByW. P. T. Silva

chapter 8|32 pages

Adoption of the New Technology in North Arcot District

ByB. Nanjamma Chinnappa

chapter 11|13 pages

Agricultural Extension: Myth, Reality and Challenge

ByRobert Chambers, B. W. E. Wickremanayake

chapter 12|14 pages

Tractors, Profits and Debt in Hambantota District, Sri Lanka

ByBarbara Harriss

chapter 14|21 pages

Impact of the Cultivation of High-Yielding Varieties of Paddy on Income and Employment

ByB. Nanjamma Chinnappa, W. P. T. Silva

chapter 17|12 pages

Marketing Scarce Chemical Inputs: an International Comparison

ByBarbara Harriss

chapter 18|8 pages

Besieging the Free Market: the Effects of the Paddy-Rice Levy

ByBarbara Harriss

chapter 19|25 pages

Paddy-Milling: Problems in Policy and the Choice of Technology

ByBarbara Harriss

chapter 20|22 pages

Comparing Twelve South Indian Villages: in Search of Practical Theory

ByRobert Chambers, John Harriss

chapter 21|17 pages

Hydrological Consequences of Agrarian Change

ByC. M. Madduma Bandara

chapter 22|24 pages

Men and Water: the Organisation and Operation of Irrigation

ByRobert Chambers

chapter 23|13 pages

Problems of Water Management in Hambantota District

ByJohn Harriss

chapter 24|21 pages

The Crisis and the Future

ByRobert Chambers, H. D. Dias, Barbara Harriss, John Harriss

chapter 25|15 pages

Challenges for Rural Research and Development

ByRobert Chambers

chapter 26|9 pages

Perceptions, Technology and the Future

ByRobert Chambers, B. H. Farmer