ABSTRACT

The key to understanding rice cultivation in Mogbuama is to be found in an analysis of how farmers cope with a specific sequence of seasonal risks and timing constraints. This chapter is a blow-by-blow account of the way these risks and constraints present themselves and how they are dealt with. Most farmers had an idea where they would make their 1983 farms before the 1982 harvest was completed. There is a preference for a new farm adjacent to the old one when possible. It is convenient to be able to make use of the old farm hut and to have a ready supply of vegetables and other farm produce at hand. The most recent year in which farm burning in Mogbuama was hindered by early rainfall was 1981. Njala rainfall records show only moderate rainfall in the nine weeks from the beginning of February.