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KENYA:  Next frontier: Modern rice farming - YouTube

TV news report about SRI from KTN News in Kenya. Find our more about the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in Kenya and meet some of the people who are at the forefront of research, spread and adoption of SRI there.

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BANGLADESH: The Value of Information in Technology Adoption: Theory and Evidence from Bangladesh

BANGLADESH: The Value of Information in Technology Adoption: Theory and Evidence from Bangladesh | Selected News from SRI-Rice: Dec. 2019 **sririce.org | Scoop.it
We develop a theoretical model in which adoption decisions are based on information received from others about the quality of a new technology and on their risk attitude. We test the predictions of this model using a field experiment in Bangladesh. We show that treated farmers who receive better training in System of Rice Intensification (SRI) technology have more accurate information about this technology, and have a higher impact on the adoption rate of untreated farmers. We also find that untreated farmers that are more risk-averse tend to adopt less and are less influenced by their treated peers. Finally, a trained farmers' impact on his untrained peers increases if he himself adopts SRI technology. Our results indicate that the crucial determinant of technology adoption for untreated farmers is their degree of risk aversion and the accuracy and reliability of information transmission about the quality of technology circulated among farmers.
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 Asadul Islam, Philip Ushchev, Yves Zenou, and Xin Zhang. 2018. The value of information in technology adoption: Theory and evidence from Bangladesh. SSRN. 55p. (see also free version or joint the SRI Research Network to access this article)

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COLOMBIA: Resultados Promisorios del Sistema Intensivo del Cultivo del Arroz (SRI) en el Tolima

COLOMBIA: Resultados Promisorios del Sistema Intensivo del Cultivo del Arroz (SRI) en el Tolima | Selected News from SRI-Rice: Dec. 2019 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

(see pages 24-31)

Conclusiones:
El sistema SRI favorece la expresi6n del potencial de macollamiento de la planta y su crecimiento radical con respecto al trasplante convencional. El rendimiento potencial del sistema SRI es mayor, de manera que es fundamental lograr un adecuado establecimiento del cultivo.  Es posible reducir el consumo de agua en el sistema SRI.

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Gabriel Garces Varon.  2018. Resultados Promisorios del Sistema Intensivo del Cultivo del Arroz (SRI) en el Tolima. Arroz 66(536): 24-31. (to see this article, go to page 24 of the attached magazine):

Conclusions: The SRI system favors the expression of the tillering potential of the plant and its radical growth with respect to conventional transplantation. The potential yield of the SRI system is greater, so it is essential to achieve an adequate establishment of the crop.It is possible to reduce the water consumption in the SRI system. 

 

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TAMIL NADU, INDIA: Karur paddy farmers take to SRI technique

TAMIL NADU, INDIA: Karur paddy farmers take to SRI technique | Selected News from SRI-Rice: Dec. 2019 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

The concerted efforts of promoting the System of Rice Intensification (SRI), a technique of paddy cultivation to gain maximum yield with less water, have resulted in bringing more than 70% of paddy area covered under the method.
During the current samba season, a total of 11,135 hectares have so far been brought under the paddy cultivation as against the target of 17,050 hectares. Of the 11,135 hectares, paddy crop has been raised on 8,546 hectares under the System of Rice Intensification method. It is more than 70% of actual paddy cultivated area. “It is a significant achievement. SRI is a proven method of paddy cultivation to maximise yield with less water and overhead.

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CÔTE D'IVOIRE: Climate-smart agriculture in Côte d'Ivoire: what are the entry points for investment?

CÔTE D'IVOIRE: Climate-smart agriculture in Côte d'Ivoire: what are the entry points for investment? | Selected News from SRI-Rice: Dec. 2019 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

The climate-smart agriculture profile of Côte d’Ivoire defines entry points for investing into and scaling climate-smart practices to achieve sustainable development. Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) is proposed as a solution to guide actions needed to transform and reorient agricultural systems to effectively support development and ensure food security under a changing climate. The approach aims to tackle three main objectives: sustainably increase agricultural productivity and incomes; adapt and build resilience to climate change; and reduce or remove greenhouse gas emissions, where possible. [Please note the SRI entry in the graph!!]

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The graph in this CCAFS article shows that, compared with other CSA innovations in Côte d’Ivoire, SRI is at the highest "smartness" level achieved there and is the second most adopted CSA innovation in Côte d’Ivoire!!

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 Join the SRI Research Network!

 Join the SRI Research Network! | Selected News from SRI-Rice: Dec. 2019 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

The SRI Research Network links SRI researchers worldwide with information, resources, people, and opportunities. The Network, which maintains a searchable, full-text research database with 1,400+ items in 6 languages, also

--furnishes a list of the latest scientific articles about SRI (updated weekly);

--provides a list of  events and resources

--helps researchers to find each other;
--provides a small number of competitive conference-attendance grants
--sponsors occasional events

SRI-Rice's insight:

Most recently, the SRI Research Network co-sponsored an SRI research side event at the International Rice Conference in Singapore, on October 16, 2018. Thanks to all who participated!  For more info on joining the research network, see the webpage or contact SRI-Rice.

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TANZANIA:  System of Rice Intensification - Transforming Lives in Tanzania- YouTube

With support from the Government of Venezuela, FAO implemented the Partnership for Sustainable Rice System Development in Africa project, which facilitated the introduction of the System of Rice Intensification (SRI). The project is being implemented in three districts (Kilombero, Kilosa and Mvomero) in the Morogoro region which covers five irrigation schemes.

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GHANA: National Rice Festival celebrated in Accra

GHANA: National Rice Festival celebrated in Accra | Selected News from SRI-Rice: Dec. 2019 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

The President of the Ghana Rice Inter-professional Body (GRIB), Nana Agyei Ayeh II, speaking at the fifth Ghana National Rice Festival held in Accra on Friday, said incentives (access to credit, provision of mechanisation services, and concessionary financing) could motivate the farmers to "intensify production by adopting tried-and-tested technology of systems of rice intensification (SRI) to increase yield and boost production by at least 50 per cent."

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CHILE: INIA reorienta el cultivo de arroz en Chile hacia la sustentabilidad

CHILE: INIA reorienta el cultivo de arroz en Chile hacia la sustentabilidad | Selected News from SRI-Rice: Dec. 2019 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

“Lo que queremos es que la producción de arroz en Chile sea más sustentable, que mire hacia una menor carga química” señaló la coordinadora del Programa de Mejoramiento Genético de Arroz de INIA, Karla Cordero, al referirse al énfasis que INIA le está dando a la producción sustentable del arroz.

La profesional indicó que la fusión de un nuevo manejo agronómico sin herbicidas más la implementación en fase experimental de la metodología SRI (System of Rice Intensification) o Sistema de Intensificación del Cultivo de Arroz, se enmarca en una reorientación hacia una producción sustentable.

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"What we want is that the production of rice in Chile is more sustainable" said the coordinator of the INIA Rice Genetic Improvement Program, Karla Cordero. Merging herbicide-free management and SRI (System of Rice Intensification) experimentation is part of a reorientation towards a sustainable production.

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LAOS: SRI-LMB Project in Laos

LAOS: SRI-LMB Project in Laos | Selected News from SRI-Rice: Dec. 2019 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

This brochure outlines partners, project areas, and results in Laos for this four-year SRI-LMB project that ends in 2018. The purpose of the project is to increase crop yield, productivity and profitability of the smallholders in rainfed areas of the Lower Mekong Basin Region on a sustainable basis. See also the Lao language brochure

SRI-Rice's insight:

The project on Sustaining and Enhancing the Momentum for Innovation and Learning around the System Rice Intensification (SRI) in the Lower Mekong River Basin (LMB) also includes sites in Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam. The results from all four countries were presented in November at the SRI-LMB regional workshop in Bangkok.

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MALI:  Gao- Journée porte ouverte sur le ouverte SRI à Forgho

MALI:  Gao- Journée porte ouverte sur le ouverte SRI à Forgho | Selected News from SRI-Rice: Dec. 2019 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

La Direction régionale de l’agriculture de Gao, en partenariat avec le Centre d’innovations vertes pour le secteur agro-alimentaire (CIV) de la coopération allemande au développement (GIZ), a organisé, jeudi dernier, une journée porte ouverte sur le Système de riziculture intensive (SRI). La parcelle vitrine n°10 de feu Abdoul Aziz Moussa à Forgho Almata  a servi de cadre à cette activité.

Le maire de la commune de Soni Ali Ber, Abdoul Razack Maïga, dira que sa commune possède 22.000 ha irrigables. Ici, avec le SRI et le PASSIP, les conditions de vie des paysans ont été améliorées et aujourd’hui ils ne vont plus à l’exode parce qu’ils parviennent surtout à économiser. Il a invité les techniciens de l’agriculture et leurs partenaires à consolider cette pratique et à accompagner les agriculteurs afin que l’agriculture nourrisse son homme.

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INDIA: Phenotypic Changes for Improving Crop Physiology under SRI - a Presentation at the 5th International Rice Congress

Amod Thakur presented a talk on the Phenotypic Changes for Improving Crop Physiology under SRI at the SRI research side event, held October 16, 2018, at the 5th International Rice Congress, Singapore. This presentation covers phenotypic changes, crop physiology, and why SRI results in greater yields.

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See also the full agenda for the SRI Research side event at the 5th IRC and the various presentations listed there.

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KENYA: System of Rice Intensification in Kenya: Lessons Learnt for Upscaling SRI in Africa

KENYA: System of Rice Intensification in Kenya: Lessons Learnt for Upscaling SRI in Africa | Selected News from SRI-Rice: Dec. 2019 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

Presentation by Bancy Mati at the Workshop to Enhance Cooperation and Sharing among SRI National Networks in Asia, held at the Leverage Business Hotel, Skudai, Malaysia. October 18-19, 2018.

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Bancy Mati presented the newly-forming SRI Africa Network at this October event in Malaysia geared towards forming a regional Asia network.

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To feed the world amid climate change, we need a better way to grow rice | CBC News

To feed the world amid climate change, we need a better way to grow rice | CBC News | Selected News from SRI-Rice: Dec. 2019 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at a more sustainable way of growing rice and we get straight talk from a young activist at the climate conference in Poland:

Humans have been growing rice for millenniums, so it can seem ignorant to say there's a better way to do it. Yet, for decades, there's been a method that breaks from the norm and claims to do more for farmers and less to hurt the environment. It's called the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) — and climate change may finally drive it mainstream.

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ALSO! See the excellent video that accompanies this article:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/thenational/how-do-you-feed-a-world-dealing-with-climate-change-the-question-1.4944105

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LIBERIA: Community of Hope Agriculture Project (CHAP) - Activities and Impact Update for the Ministry of Agriculture

Presentation by Robert Bimba (Community of Hope Agriculture) to the Ministry of Agriculture in  Liberia (January 11, 2019).
CHAP, an SRI pioneer in Liberia, has been helping to improve farmers' productivity since 2008. Among other activities, CHAP provides leadership in SRI/SCI extension and helps farmers adapt and access new equipment, acquire certified seed, develop local markets for rice, and trial organic inputs.

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CHAP just finished working on a two year project associated with the Japanese Rice Grant (entitled ‘Economic recovery of Liberian rice farmers in Ebola affected counties’). The project, which worked with 9,000 farmers in five counties and promoted SRI, was funded by the Japanese Govt. through IFAD. See impact report

for more information: http://sri.cals.cornell.edu/countries/liberia/Liberia_JapaneseRiceGrantImpactWithSRI_1018.pdf

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PHILIPPINES: SRI-Pilipinas: Asia SRI Network Ideas

Roberto Verzola presented "SRI-Pilipinas: Asia SRI Network Ideas" at the Workshop to Enhance Cooperation and Sharing among SRI National Networks and Stakeholders" held in Johor Bahru, Malaysia on October 18-19, 2018.

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SE ASIA: SRI-LMB Newsletter VI

SE ASIA: SRI-LMB Newsletter VI | Selected News from SRI-Rice: Dec. 2019 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

...In comparison with pre-project baseline performance, SRI practices helped improve livelihoods across the Lower Mekong River Basin (LMB) by increasing average rice yields by 52%, farmers’ net economic return per hectare by 70%, labor-use efficiency by 64%, and water productivity by 59%. Total energy inputs required for farming operations decreased by 34%, along with significant net reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. The results were reported from 582 research sites spread across 33 districts in 11 provinces of the four countries, all as a part of a regional project led by the Asian Institute of Technology with funded by the EU for €3.4 million.

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The final report for the SRI-LMB Workshop (Nov. 1-2, 2018) is now available. You can also find the evaluation of the SRI-Lower Mekong Basin project, which ran from 2013-2018 in four countries. There are also available from theSRI-LMB website: http://sri-lmb.ait.ac.th/

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PHILIPPINES: Our new Organic Systems of Rice Intensification (SRI) record

PHILIPPINES: Our new Organic Systems of Rice Intensification (SRI) record | Selected News from SRI-Rice: Dec. 2019 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

League of Organic Agriculture Municipalities in the Philippines, Incorporated (LOAMC-Philippines) --

Dayaday of Barangay Daanbanwa, Lambunao, Iloilo. 10.2 tons/hectare. He is our new valedictorian. Champion Farmer candidate Mr. Ruben Dayaday, was a well known conventional rice farmer in his barangay. Now he tried the Organic SRI, he believes that he can have high yield using SRI Protocols. Also, he will continue his Organic SRI practice. Padayon to Ruben Dayaday!

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VIETNAM:  Effects of SRI in Limiting Negative Impacts of Adverse Weather Conditions

Dr. Hoang Van Phu presented a talk on "Effects of SRI in Limiting Negative Impacts of Adverse Weather Conditions" at the the 5th International Rice Congress (SRI research side event), held at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Singapore, on October 16, 2018 

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LATIN AMERICA: SRI en las Americas - The Latin America SRI Network

A presentation on the Latin America SRI Network (SRI en las Americas) by Diddier Moreira and Kelly Witkowski was delivered by Diddier at the Workshop to Enhance Cooperation and Sharing among SRI National Networks in Asia, held October 18-19, 2018 in Skudai, Malaysia.

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MALAYSIA: Tinker, Teacher, Soldier, SRI: The Farmer Leading the Way Towards Malaysia’s Organic Future

MALAYSIA: Tinker, Teacher, Soldier, SRI: The Farmer Leading the Way Towards Malaysia’s Organic Future | Selected News from SRI-Rice: Dec. 2019 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

For the final day of Thank a Farmer month, we want to acknowledge the work of ‘Captain’ Zakaria Kamantasha and his crew at the Sri Lovely organic rice farm in Kedah, Malaysia, which recently became the first registered Slow Food Community in South East Asia. Following the principles of SRI (System of Rice/Root Intensification), Sri Lovely grow various types of traditional Malaysian rice, including some dying indigenous species from a local seed bank. It is the only certified organic rice farm in Malaysia — but the man who started it all hopes that this will not be the case for long.

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INDONESIA: Rooting System of Rice Cultivated under System of Rice Intensification (SRI) Method which Improving Rice Yield

INDONESIA: Rooting System of Rice Cultivated under System of Rice Intensification (SRI) Method which Improving Rice Yield | Selected News from SRI-Rice: Dec. 2019 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

The development of plant roots is known to play a very important role in the uptake of water and nutrients by rice plants. However, there are few studies on what changes, if any, are induced in the rooting systems of rice plants under System of Rice Intensification (SRI) management.  The [research showed that the] SRI method was able to improve the root length, root dry weight compared to the conventional method, and was also able to increase the number of root hairs by 60% compared with the conventional method. Eh measurements in the soil with SRI method were higher than with conventional method. However, there was no significant different in root respiration.

SRI-Rice's insight:

Hidayati, Nurul, Triadiati Triadiati, and Iswandi Anas. 2018. Rooting system of rice cultivated under System of Rice Intensification (SRI) method which improving rice yield. HAYATI Journal of Biosciences 25(2): 63-69.

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MADHYA PRADESH, INDIA: Assessment of planting geometry in rice under system of rice intensification (SRI).

MADHYA PRADESH, INDIA: Assessment of planting geometry in rice under system of rice intensification (SRI). | Selected News from SRI-Rice: Dec. 2019 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

  On farm trials were conducted at farmers field in Umaria district during kharif seasons of 2014-15 and 2015-16 at three different locations under real farm situations prevailing spacing of 25 cm ×25 cm (T2), 20 cm ×20 cm (T3) 'and farmers practices (randomly dense planted, T1) was treated as control for the comparison. The result of on farm testing (OFT) shown a greater impact on farmer's economy due to significant increase in crop yield more almost two fold over FP (T1), the economics and benefit cost ratio of RS. 58111/ha was recorded net profit under 25 cm ×25 cm spacing followed by Rs. 48828/ha under 20 cm ×20 cm spacing as compared to Rs. 25008/ha under FP. Benefit cost ratio was 3.41 under T2 followed by 2.92 under T3, while it was 2.15 under T1. By conducting OFT of proven technologies, yield potential and net income from SRI system of rice cultivation can be enhanced to a great extent with increase in the income level of the farming community of the district.

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Tiwari, B. K., et al. 2017. Assessment of planting geometry in rice under system of rice intensification (SRI). Plant Archives 17(2): 1693-1696.

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BANGLADESH: An engine of our growth

BANGLADESH: An engine of our growth | Selected News from SRI-Rice: Dec. 2019 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

Agriculture plays a powerful role in poverty reduction, according to a study done by BRAC’s research and evaluation division. The study revealed that the agricultural sector can reduce poverty-related sufferings faster than other sectors.

...BRAC’s programmes can start with integrating green technologies, such as a system of rice intensification (SRI), composting, organic fish feed preparation, fortified orange fleshed sweet potato cultivation, etc. A recent study shows a positive behavioural impact on participants – particularly adolescents – in adopting climate resilient livelihoods.

BRAC has been practicing SRI in contextualised, environmentally friendly ways. For example, alternate wetting and drying is a good way to manage underground water. SRI also promotes other practices, such as the use of compost fertilizers rather than chemical fertilizers, and natural pest control system instead of chemical pesticides.

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SE ASIA: Boosting yields, raising incomes, and offering climate-smart solutions: System of Rice Intensification paves the way for farmers to emerge as more successful “agripreneurs”

SE ASIA: Boosting yields, raising incomes, and offering climate-smart solutions: System of Rice Intensification paves the way for farmers to emerge as more successful “agripreneurs” | Selected News from SRI-Rice: Dec. 2019 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

Farmers from eleven mostly rainfed provinces of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam have reported higher yields and profits from paddy grown with System of Rice Intensification (SRI).

In comparison with pre-project baseline performance, SRI practices helped improve livelihoods across the Lower Mekong River Basin (LMB) by increasing average rice yields by 52%, farmers’ net economic return per hectare by 70%, labour use efficiency by 64%, and water productivity by 59%. Total energy inputs required for farming operations decreased by 34%, along with significant net reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. These results were reported at a regional workshop of the SRI-LMB project held in Bangkok on November 1-2, 2018.

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See photos from the event and the SRI-LMB regional workshop press release.

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