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MALI: SRI - Giving new life to rice production by closing productivity gap in Mali | West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program

MALI: SRI - Giving new life to rice production by closing productivity gap in Mali | West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program | Selected News from SRI-Rice: April 2016 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

..Rice farmers in the SAN community unanimously agree that the SRI is a sustainable alternative to boost economic growth by increasing income in the targeted value chains including rice, to ensure food security and reduce poverty in communities...

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Sistema de Intensificatión del Cultivo del Arroz (SRI)

Sistema de Intensificatión del Cultivo del Arroz (SRI) | Selected News from SRI-Rice: April 2016 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

!Una nueva publicación esta disponible en español para contestar las preguntas frecuentas sobre SRI! Escrito por Norman Uphoff y traducido por el IICA. Que disfruten!

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This is the short version of Norman Uphoff's book: "The System of Rice Intensification - Answers to Frequently Asked Questions." It was translated by the Inter‑American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA).

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MALAYSIA: Technology and agriculture: The perspective of a young rice scientist

MALAYSIA: Technology and agriculture: The perspective of a young rice scientist | Selected News from SRI-Rice: April 2016 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

At first I thought there were few young researchers at the third Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD3) on 5-8 April 2016 in South Africa. That was until I met Febri Doni. He is currently doing  research in the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in the Malaysian region and is a member of Malaysian Agroecological Society for Sustainable Resource Intensification (SRI-MAS).

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BANGLADESH: System of rice intensificaion in rural Banladesh: Adoption, diffusion and impact

The main objective of this study is to understand the network characteristics and incentive mechanism for successful adoption and diffusion of SRI.  The yield  gains  are  14-25%.  Though  some  additional  labor  is needed and the  cost  is  higher, profit (as much as 33%)  remains  significantly  higher  than  the  traditional  farming  despite  some  less-than-perfect  adoption of SRI.  The main constraint for adoption appears to be managing the irrigation, which requires collaboration among farmers nearby for pumping at the same time. It is not clear whether adoption resulting from a one-time intervention would be sustained and if other farmers would follow suit upon seeing their success. Further studies are underway.

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Barrett, Chris, Marcel Fafchamps, Asad Islam, Abdul Malek, and Debayan Pakrashi. 2016. System of rice intensificaion in rural Banladesh: Adoption, diffusion and impact. InternationaI Growth Center (IGC) Working Paper. February 14. (37 pdf)

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Earth Day -  Farmers are doing their part! SRI-Rice feature article: April 22, 2016

Earth Day -  Farmers are doing their part! SRI-Rice feature article: April 22, 2016 | Selected News from SRI-Rice: April 2016 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

Earth Day comes every April to remind us of what we could and should do... And it's a good time to think about how the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) can help! Using less water, less agrochemicals, and less seed to get higher yields can help reduce the growing assault on the earth's resources and environment. SRI has a role to play in mitigating climate change by 1) reducing standing water, leading to decreased methane emissions; 2) reducing inorganic fertilizer use (and the nitrous oxide that urea generates) as well as decreasing carbon and nitrogen emissions from the manufacturing of fertilizers and their subsequent transportation over long distances; and 3) sustainably increasing the productivity of existing land, preventing the conversion of carbon sequestering forests to agricultural uses.

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JHARKHAND, INDIA: Tata Steel providing access to sustainable livelihoods for SC/ST people

JHARKHAND, INDIA: Tata Steel providing access to sustainable livelihoods for SC/ST people | Selected News from SRI-Rice: April 2016 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

Jamshedpur: To increase paddy yield, Tata Steel has motivated and trained farmers to adopt System of Rice Intensification (SRI). The initiative, over the last four years, has been adopted by nearly 8,000 farmers have benefitted of which more than 40 percent, i.e. 3,200 belonging to the SC/ST communities. Due to SRI method, paddy productivity in company’s operational villages increased from 0.5-0.6 tons/acre in FY05 to about 2.5 tons/acre in the fiscal year 2015-16.

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INDONESIA: IPB Ciptakan Pupuk Organik Pengganti Urea

INDONESIA: IPB Ciptakan Pupuk Organik Pengganti Urea | Selected News from SRI-Rice: April 2016 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

Guru Besar Fakultas Pertanian Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB) Iswandi Anas Chaniago berharap penggunaan pupuk kimia dan pestisida oleh petani bisa berkurang.... dan solusinya kurangi penggunaan pupuk kimia, gunakan pupuk organik dan pestisida hayati. Dia juga menyatakan, terdapat satu sistem budidaya padi yang efisien dan sudah dibuktikan yakni System of Rice Intensification (SRI). Sistem ini mengurangi input pupuk, air dan benih, tapi hasilnya malah meningkat.

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Iswandi Anas, professor at the Institut Pertanian Bogor in Indonesia, suggests reducing chemical inputs and increasing organic inputs into Indonesian agriculture. He also notes that SRI reduces inputs while increasing yields.

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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO:  Woods Hole Research Center Newsletter - March 2016

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO:  Woods Hole Research Center Newsletter - March 2016 | Selected News from SRI-Rice: April 2016 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

WHRC’s Projet Equateur in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has recently embarked on an effort to engage a village community in a sustainable rice growing venture to increase food production while reducing deforestation. Using SRI, last fall the project team  sought out one of many degraded swamp areas to introduce a ‘wetland rice’ paddy. The first harvest of wetland rice has shown a remarkably successful yield and impressed the local community...

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This WHRC project joins other SRI ventures in the DRC, including, among others,  the Italian NGO Mazao's work with the "Social Rice Supply Chain" in the province of Tanganyika and the Belgian NGO VECO's testing of SRI in South Kivu.

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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Cultivar Mas Con Menos IICA

is "Cultivar Mas Con Menos" is a video (in Spanish) by the Inter‑American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) that tells the story of a farmer who is adapting SRI in the Domincan Republic.

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Book Review: Pacing Ourselves in the World Hunger Race - Land Stewardship Project

Book Review: Pacing Ourselves in the World Hunger Race - Land Stewardship Project | Selected News from SRI-Rice: April 2016 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

...One of my favorite sections describes SRI: “system of rice intensification.” It was developed in the 1980s by a missionary after he spent years observing traditional farmers in Madagascar utilizing methods that relied more on natural processes than the chemical- and energy-intensive inputs that characterize the Green Revolution. SRI has proven that it can produce more rice with fewer inputs, putting money in farmer’s pockets while reducing environmental woes. SRI methods have been used to successfully produce sugarcane, yams, tomatoes, garlic and eggplant.

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CAMBODIA: A farmer declares victory | Oxfam America First Person Blog

CAMBODIA: A farmer declares victory | Oxfam America First Person Blog | Selected News from SRI-Rice: April 2016 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

Women farmers usually also have family caregiving responsibilities, as well as pressure to produce food and earn cash. The pressure to feed and educate all her younger siblings was sometimes too much for Sopheap. ... a few years of improved rice production using SRI has changed everything. First, she grew enough to eat and to sell. She fixed up her house, got all her brothers and sisters in school, and encouraged others to try SRI practices. Her ability as a trainer gained her respect, and she became deputy chief of her village.

 

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KERALA, INDIA: More Crop per Drop of Water: Adoption and Dis-adoption Dynamics of System of Rice Intensification

The study reveals that factors such as experience in farming, income from off-farm and non-farm sources, size of landholding and contact with extension officers are significant determinants of adoption of SRI . Difficulty in water management and early transplantation, non-availability of skilled labour and difficulty in using the cono weeder cause the dis-adoption of SRI. In addition to promoting SRI technology, it is also imperative to develop effective irrigation facilities and promote participatory irrigation management. Many who disadopted SRI cited the lack of institutional support and capacity building as the factors influencing their decision.

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A. R. Durga, and D. Suresh Kumar. 2016. More crop per drop of water: adoption and dis-adoption dynamics of System of Rice Intensification. IIM Kozhikode Society & Management Review 5(1): 74–82. doi:10.1177/2277975215617862

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THAILAND: SRI - A Better Way to Grow Rice?

THAILAND: SRI - A Better Way to Grow Rice? | Selected News from SRI-Rice: April 2016 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

Where does rice come from and is there a better way to grow it? In Thailand, several farms have reportedly used SRI successfully. Usually, 1 rai of land produces about 1 ton of rice. Those using SRI have reported anywhere from a modest 1.5 tons to an astonishing 6 tons per rai.

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Global SRI Adoption Map for 2016

Global SRI Adoption Map for 2016 | Selected News from SRI-Rice: April 2016 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

Find out where SRI can be found .... as well as some additional information on the level  and type of support and adoption. For information on SRI progress in specific countries, see the  SRI-Rice countries index: http://sri.cals.cornell.edu/countries/index.html

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Videos about the System of Rice Intensification - SRI-Rice feature article - April 11, 2016

Videos about the System of Rice Intensification - SRI-Rice feature article - April 11, 2016 | Selected News from SRI-Rice: April 2016 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

The SRI-Rice Center at Cornell has recently reorganized its video and audio resources. The several hundred videos we have collected from 39 countries in 13 languages cover equipment, demonstrations, motivational or instructional material, adaptations, and much more.

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NAGALAND, INDIA: Longra beyond Jhuming

Jhum is a method of slash and burn for agriculture practiced across the North eastern region of india. Moving away from jhum  began with introduction of SRI (System of Rice intensification) in the wet fields of Longra village in Nagaland and gradually engaged the community into other livelihood activities.

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THAILAND AND CAMBODIA: Improving rice-based rainfed production systems in Southeast Asia for contributing towards food security and rural development through sustainable crop production intensifica...

THAILAND AND CAMBODIA: Improving rice-based rainfed production systems in Southeast Asia for contributing towards food security and rural development through sustainable crop production intensifica... | Selected News from SRI-Rice: April 2016 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

 A regional collaborative project is being implemented in rainfed areas of the Lower Mekong River Basin (LMB) countries.  (http://www.sri-lmb.ait.asia/). As part of the action-research, more than 120 sets of field experiments have been carried out at 60 FPAR sites in Cambodia and Thailand, directly involving 3600 farmers. The  yields were 60 and 100% higher than the average baseline yield in the region, 3.14 t/ha. The economic gains for farmers were found to be higher in rainfed areas when using the new methods.

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TANZANIA: Characteristics of rice produced under direct and indirect SRI practices in Chimala Area in Mbarali District Tanzania | Journal of Agriculture and Sustainability

This study evaluated the characteristic of rice produced under SRI and conventional practices in Chimala Area in Mbarali District of Mbeya Region in Tanzania. The evaluation considered the farm management practices, rice yields and the characteristic of the rice grains. Bird scaring is among the activities which increased the production cost of rice grown under SRI practices. Rice yields under SRI practices where more than 16ton/ha against less than 8ton/ha for conventional rice growing practices. The rice grains grown under SRI practices was observed to be suitable for seeds.  The quality of cooked rice indicate that rice produced under SRI practices has higher aroma and fragrance when compared to that produced under conventional practices.

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Katambara, Zacharia Saimon, Marco Mng’ong’o, Consolatha Chambi, el al. 2016. Characteristics of rice produced under direct and indirect SRI practices in Chimala Area in Mbarali district Tanzania. Journal of Agriculture and Sustainability 9(1): 15–30

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THE GAMBIA:   Meet Kinsa Sidibeh, an SRI farmer in Central River Region South

THE GAMBIA:   Meet Kinsa Sidibeh, an SRI farmer in Central River Region South | Selected News from SRI-Rice: April 2016 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

..Through her trainings, field trials, and positive yields, Kinsa's work spread the SRI methodology to 74 of the other women in her community. It wasn't easy, .... With experience though comes understanding, and as the other farmers tried SRI, they too became convinced. And in the process Kinsa became a model for other farmers in the region.

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Tackling Climate Change Through Agriculture

Tackling Climate Change Through Agriculture | Selected News from SRI-Rice: April 2016 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

...Switching from burning field waste to making biochar would significantly reduce the amount of black carbon and CO2 equivalent released into the atmosphere each year, as well as their warming effects. And switching from flooded paddy to SRI could cut total methane emissions from rice production by between twenty-two and sixty-two percent. Converting just a quarter of Asian rice growers, who produce roughly ninety percent of the world’s rice, could reduce GHG emissions by 3.8 percent annually—nearly Japan’s annual contribution to global GHG emissions

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INDONESIA: Nasyit Umar: Dengan Program SRI, Petani Panen 4 Kali Setahun – FAJAR.co.id

INDONESIA: Nasyit Umar: Dengan Program SRI, Petani Panen 4 Kali Setahun – FAJAR.co.id | Selected News from SRI-Rice: April 2016 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

FAJAR.CO.ID, JAKARTA – Anggota Fraksi Partai Demokrat DPR asal Sulsel, Muh Nasyit Umar meminta pemerintah dalam hal ini Kementrian Pertanian (Kementan) agar menggalakkan kembali program System of Rice Intensification (SRI). Karena terbukti meningkatkan hasil panen padi..."Pemerintah support tapi ndak maksimal. Saya harapkan pemerintah mau meningkatkan lagi dan menerapkan program SRI ini keseluruh petani untuk kesejahteraan petani."

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House Democratic Party member from South Sulawesi, Muh Nasyit Umar, asked the Ministry of Agriculture to increase promotion of the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) as it has proven to increase rice yields. While the government is currently supporting SRI, he would like see SRI promotion reach many more farmers.

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Food Security and Displacement in a Warming World

Food Security and Displacement in a Warming World | Selected News from SRI-Rice: April 2016 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

...One example of a climate-resilient agricultural strategy is system of rice intensification (SRI). SRI reduces the amount of water and other inputs that go into rice production while dramatically increasing yields.

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ODISHA, INDIA: Dhenkanal in Odisha is a proof that agriculture can co-exist harmoniously with industrialisation

ODISHA, INDIA: Dhenkanal in Odisha is a proof that agriculture can co-exist harmoniously with industrialisation | Selected News from SRI-Rice: April 2016 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

..Through its novel venture, GKEL has set an example of harmonious co-existence of both industry and agriculture. Farmers are mainly into paddy cultivation using the SRI (System of Rice Intensification) methodology, which yields handsome returns.

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KENYA: Technical efficiency differentials between rice production methods: the case of conventional and System of Rice Intensification in west Kano irrigation scheme

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Mwatete, G. K. K., A. K. Kipkoech, E. C. Kipkorir, et al. 2015. Technical efficiency differentials between rice  production methods: the case of conventional and System of Rice Intensification in west Kano irrigation scheme, Kenya. Journal of Agricultural and Crop Research 3(8): 130–140

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NAGALAND, INDIA: Imkonglemba on success story of SRI method - The Morung Express

NAGALAND, INDIA: Imkonglemba on success story of SRI method - The Morung Express | Selected News from SRI-Rice: April 2016 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

[District Agriculture Office, Kohima district, Nagaland, March 4] Commissioner & Secretary For Agriculture and Agriculture Production I. Imkonglemba Ao expressed happiness over the success story of the SRI method under National Food Security Mission (NFSM) that was adopted by farmers at Tora field, Kezoma. It is learnt that since the introduction of SRI, the volume of manpower in cultivation activities came down. It also resulted better yield ...

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