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    The United Nations General Assembly Declaration of the International Year of Rice in 2004 focused the world's attention on the crop that drives millions of people's livelihood strategies in Asia. Small-scale farmers in Asia and the Pacific grow and consume about four-fifths of the world's rice. But small rice producing farmers face many challenges of economic viability and food security. Subsistence rice farming systems depend on family labour, particularly women's labour. This reality is seldom recognized when developing agricultural support systems to assist farmers. This consultation, held in Bangkok, Thailand from 9 to 12 March 2004, highlighted the importance of women's role in rice livelihood systems. The consultation facilitated multi-sectoral dialogue on rice livelihood systems including the effects of economic realities and technological changes on gender roles and gender constraints. The report summarizes the papers presented by experts from 12 countries in the region and off ers recommendations that are both country and region specific.
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    This document serves as a review of mechanization Custom Hiring Centers (CHCs) in the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal (Nepal) and the Asian region and presents a set of recommendations for their sustainable management. The report begins with a brief historical background of Custom Hiring Centers (CHCs) and current perspectives by academics, donors, and policy planners. It attempts a critical analysis of CHC performances in Nepal and the region to understand better their efficacy. Next, the report reviews India and China’s efforts in establishing CHCs. Over the last decade, these two countries have put enormous resources and time into establishing CHCs. Still, based on the current study's findings, there has been minimal reliable reporting or evidence on the success of their efforts. Yet, there is very good reason to believe that with refined backstopping and informed selection, CHCs can be successfully used to provide mechanization access for underserved geographical areas and their communities. The last section proposes a plan of action to improve Nepal's CHCs. There are recommendations, observations and considerations for policy and agricultural development professionals and the existing CHC's management committees (MCs) around establishing and/or the improving CHCs and their management. In summary, this preliminary document establishes a need for additional programming and training that support the many existing CHCs. Further, it highlights the necessity to support multiple comparative research that can quickly investigate the current situation of the hire services sector for agricultural machinery.
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