Re-imagining farmer’s livelihoods through the lens of autonomy: Or why farmers do what they do

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Abstract

Smallholder farmers are recognised as being central to the success or failure of biofuel schemes - but little is known about the ways in which farmers negotiate their participation as part of wider livelihood strategies. This paper is based on interviews with farmers participating in the government led biofuel pilot project in Timor-Leste. The farmers’ narratives were at times contradictory, messy and as the biodiesel pilot project seemed economically implausible, their support for the pilot project initially appeared naive. Yet, the farmer’s actions ‘make sense’ when interpreted through the notion of negotiating for autonomy. Farmers do not simply respond and react to biofuel schemes as external economic and agricultural policies: they actively manage their participation through resisting, rebelling, repurposing and breaking the rules. This paper is part of an emerging body of scholarship that is applying the concept of autonomy to rural livelihoods.

Conference

ConferenceAsian Studies Association of Australia Conference 2018
Abbreviated titleArea studies and beyond
CountryAustralia
CitySydney
Period03/07/1805/07/18
OtherThe 22nd biennial conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) was proudly hosted by the University of Sydney.
Co-organised by the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, the China Studies Centre and the School of Languages and Cultures, the 2018 biennial conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia brought together almost 1,000 academics with a shared interest in Asia.
The conference theme, Area Studies and Beyond, built upon traditional interdisciplinary fields of research within Asian Studies and moved beyond them, to celebrate the full breadth and depth of scholarly interest in Asia.
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    Kilham, S. (2018). Re-imagining farmer’s livelihoods through the lens of autonomy: Or why farmers do what they do. 82. Paper presented at Asian Studies Association of Australia Conference 2018, Sydney, Australia.