How India and Thailand are Stretching Incomes by Integrating Rubber into their Farming Systems

How India and Thailand are Stretching Incomes by Integrating Rubber into their Farming Systems

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by P.K. Viswanathan
2009 | Policy Brief Series Vol. 2009 No. 4 | 2 pages
  • Print 1656-8818
  • e-ISSN 2599-3917
English

When farmers integrate rubber into their livelihood systems, they become more resilient in coping with crises and they get a stable income flow from it. Rubber as a single crop is viable; provided that prices remain favorable and market demand is high. Findings further indicate the dominant contribution of rubber production to the rubber growers’ gross household income in integrated farming systems. However, there are some policy implications in scaling up rubber integrated farm livelihood systems. Foremost is strengthening of the smallholders’ access to the five forms of capital that sustain their livelihood.