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

This project is implemented with technical support from FAO in collaboration with the Government of Tanzania and funded by the Government of Venezuela through the South South Cooperation

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TAMIL NADU, INDIA:  Up-scaling of SRI: Results from a World Bank Project

PowerPoint presentation by Vibhu Nayar on August 16, 2018, at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

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One of our best seminars ever! See how SRI was scaled up (on a large scale!) in Tamil Nadu, India.

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System of Rice Intensification - Upcoming Events

System of Rice Intensification - Upcoming Events | Selected News from SRI-Rice: August 2018 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

Here's a list of past and future workshops, conferences, seminars and other events with System of Rice Intensification (SRI) content. Are we missing your SRI event? Please send a note to sririce@cornell.edu to get on the SRI events calendar!

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What's happening with SRI in October and November, 2018?
SRI-LMB Regional Workshop 2018 [Nov. 1-2, THAILAND] •Workshop to Enhance Cooperation and Sharing among SRI National Networks in Asia [Oct. 18-19 MALAYSIA ]
SRI Research side event at the 5th International Rice Congress [Oct. 16SINGAPORE]

J-SRI Meeting - 3rd Research Meeting of 2018 [oct. 3JAPAN]

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LAOS: SRI-LMB Brochure for Laos

LAOS: SRI-LMB Brochure for Laos | Selected News from SRI-Rice: August 2018 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

This Lao language leaflet describes the progress of the SRI-Lower Mekong River Basin project (2014-2018) in three Lao provinces. (The SRI-LMB also operated in Cambodia,Thailand, Vietnam). The project is based on the principles of SRI and Farmer Field Schools; training focus is on rice cultivation, SRI, Agro Eco System Analysis (AESA) and data collection/analysis, and, strengthening  both crop management skills and decision making abilities. The most widely adopted practices in this rainfed project in Laos is transplanting fewer seedings per hill and wider spacing (>20cm).

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An English version of this brochure is also available at: http://sri-lmb.ait.asia/downloads/broc/LAO_%20SRILMB%20Leaflet%202018_EN.pdf

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TANZANIA: Water Use and Rice Productivity for Irrigation Management Alternatives in Tanzania

TANZANIA: Water Use and Rice Productivity for Irrigation Management Alternatives in Tanzania | Selected News from SRI-Rice: August 2018 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

Rice production is important for global food security but given its large water footprint, efficient irrigation management strategies need to be developed. Expansion of rice growing area is larger than any other crop in Africa due to increasing demand for rice. Three rice irrigation management alternatives with the system of rice intensification (SRI) were field-evaluated against the conventional continuously flooded system (CF) in Tanzania. Production systems included: (1) CF (50 mm ponding depth for the entire season); (2) SRI (40 mm ponding for 3 days and no irrigation for next 5 days); (3) 80% SRI (80% of the SRI ponding); and (4) 50% SRI (50% of the SRI ponding). Statistically, the 80% SRI treatment outperformed all other treatments over the two seasons with an additional yield of 1.57 tons/ha and 33% (345 mm) water savings compared to the CF. Economic productivity of water (US$/ha-cm) over two seasons was highest for the 80% SRI ($20.27/ha-cm), while it was lowest for the CF ($12.89/ha-cm). Water saved by converting from the CF to the 80% SRI (1.98 million ha-cm) can support a 50% expansion in the current rice irrigated area in Tanzania. Even without irrigation expansion, the 80% SRI can increase rice production by 1.5 million tons annually while enhancing water availability for industrial and environmental uses (e.g., ecological preserves) and help achieve food security in Tanzania and the greater sub-Saharan Africa

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BIHAR, INDIA: Anil Verma | Strengthening grassroots for self-sustenance

BIHAR, INDIA: Anil Verma | Strengthening grassroots for self-sustenance | Selected News from SRI-Rice: August 2018 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

Many of us are aware of the impact of Anil Verma’s work on SRI/SCI through the NGO he founded in Bihar-- Preservation and Proliferation of Rural Resources and Nature (PRAN). At a recent Rural India conference organized by Vikas Anvesh Foundation, he was recognized for his work, along with 16 others. You can read more about his amazing story here....

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WEST SUMATRA, INDONESIA: Rice Ratooning Using the Salibu System and the System of Rice Intensification

Rice productivity can be increased by improving land productivity with a ratoon crop of salibu system cultivated with the System of Rice Intensification (SRI).  Ratooning is the ability of the rice plant to regenerate new tillers after harvest. The beneficial aspects of ratoon are the increase of rice productivity and efficiency in terms of time, labour and cost. The local people of West Sumatra commonly re-cut the rice stalk at seven days after the main crop harvest. This method is called the salibu system, which is a modification of a ratooned crop that produces a higher yield than the non-salibu system (no cutting after first harvesting). The aims of this study are to analyse the physiological characteristics of ratooned rice and its agronomic performance under the salibu system using the SRI method.  ..The results indicate that the main crop under SRI was found to have a greater photosynthetic rate and higher vegetative and reproductive parameters than plants cultivated under the conventional method. The main crop yield using SRI was 24% higher than using the conventional method. Subsequently, the ratoon-crop yield under the salibu system using SRI was approximately 50% of the main crop. The ability of rice plants to produce a ratoon crop was highly influenced by their carbohydrate content and the phytohormones that remain in the intercalary meristem tissues of stubble after harvest.

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Pinta Omas Pasaribu et al. 2018. Rice Ratooning Using the Salibu System and the System of Rice Intensification Method Influenced by Physiological Traits. Pertanika Journal of Tropical Agricultural Science 41(2): 637-654.

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PANAY, PHILIPPINES: Growing Safe, Affordable Organic Rice in the Philippines!

PANAY, PHILIPPINES: Growing Safe, Affordable Organic Rice in the Philippines! | Selected News from SRI-Rice: August 2018 **sririce.org | Scoop.it
Faced with decreasing soil fertility, farmers in the Philippines launched a project to grow safe, affordable organic rice using the SRI. Check it out!
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THAILAND เสวนาประชาคมเกษตรกรไทย สัมมนาเชิงปฏิบัติการระดับประเทศ - YouTube

Video of the SRI Lower Mekong Basin (SRI-LMB) National Workshop & Farmers Congress, held March 20-19, 2018, in Uttaradit province, Thailand. Thailand is one of the four SE Asian nations covered by the SRI-LMB project, which is funded by the EU and coordinated by the ACISAI Centre at the Asian Institute of Technology.

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See the English language report of this workshop at http://www.sri-lmb.ait.asia/downloads/Brief_Report_National Workshop_FC 2018_Thailand.pdf

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Every day you need a farmer!

Every day you need a farmer! | Selected News from SRI-Rice: August 2018 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

Poster by Brenda Schoepp.

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Nice photo of SRI too!

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NEW YORK, USA: New tech for an ancient food | Cornell Engineering

NEW YORK, USA: New tech for an ancient food | Cornell Engineering | Selected News from SRI-Rice: August 2018 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

In 2013, associate professor Derek Warner began working with the U.S. Navy, supporting their effort to 3-D print flight-critical components for the V-22 Osprey aircraft. After  thinking about other applications for custom 3-D printing, he sent an email to Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and received a response from Erika Styger at SRI-Rice. Warner then sent his doctoral student, Wenjia Gu, to Colombia to investigate more. At an SRI gathering of farmers from several South American countries she then had an opportunity to showcase a 3-D printer and a plastic prototype she had printed. It was a rotor that could be used to retrofit a weeder. With rapid prototyping, according to Gu, farmers could quickly test different designs and make adjustments based on trial and error...

 

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System of Rice Intensification Recognized by Keeling Curve Prize

System of Rice Intensification Recognized by Keeling Curve Prize | Selected News from SRI-Rice: August 2018 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

A joint entry by SRI-Rice in Ithaca, NY, and Pragati Koraput in India was among the 2018 winners of the Keeling Curve Prize, which is awarded to 10 organizations to recognize  the most promising projects that effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions or increase carbon uptake.

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TAMIL NADU, INDIA: Farmers advised to adopt SRI for better yield during crisis

TAMIL NADU, INDIA: Farmers advised to adopt SRI for better yield during crisis | Selected News from SRI-Rice: August 2018 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

TRICHY: As the system of rice intensification (SRI) has proven effective for crops in times of water crisis, experts in the field have urged farmers to use the method to manage under drought conditions in their areas...

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CHILE: Avances con el Sistema Intensivo de Cultivo de Arroz (SRI) en las Américas: Pruebas en Chile | IICA

Avances con el Sistema Intensivo de Cultivo de Arroz (SRI) en las Américas: Pruebas en Chile

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 [Note:The first minute of this hour-long video is blank.] This Spanish language webinar by Karla Cordero L. about SRI in Chile was sponsored by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA).

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BANGLADESH: Unexpected research outcomes | Masters of Change | BBC StoryWorks

BANGLADESH: Unexpected research outcomes | Masters of Change | BBC StoryWorks | Selected News from SRI-Rice: August 2018 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

An alliance with the potential to improve lives all over the world ...

Is there a way to produce more rice to feed more people? An alliance of researchers that includes Dr Islam, who is an Associate Professor at the Department of Economics at Monash Business School, says yes. And now, they’ve got the research data to prove it. Together with a team of collaborators from BRAC and Cornell University, the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, and Monash Business School, Dr Islam has proven that the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) production method improves rice yields by more than 50 per cent for Bangladesh farmers, without requiring additional investment such as seed, chemical fertiliser or increased irrigation. Over a two-year period, Dr Islam and his collaborators implemented a large, randomised trial in Bangladesh.

“If I can convince the government of the SRI method’s improved yield, better food security, greater life satisfaction and higher living standards through further research and collaboration, then this could be a very good outcome for the farmers and people of Bangladesh. If I can do this, it will be the biggest achievement of my life.”

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NIGER: Rapport de formation des producteurs de riz en hors amenagement sur le Systeme de Riziculture Intensive (SRI)

NIGER: Rapport de formation des producteurs de riz en hors amenagement sur le Systeme de Riziculture Intensive (SRI) | Selected News from SRI-Rice: August 2018 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

Dans le cadre de la mise à l’échelle de l’approche SRI (Système de Riziculture Intensive) par le PPAAO au Niger, une formation pratique des producteurs de riz hors-aménagement s’est tenue du 13 au 14 août 2018 sur le périmètre rizicole de Sébéri. L’atelier a regroupé vingt-quatre participants dont les CDA et les producteurs de régions de Zinder Tahoua,  Tillabéri et Dosso. L’objectif principal était de former des champions SRI capables à leur tour de disséminer l’information à d’autres producteurs de riz de leur zone.

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English summary: As part of the scaling up of the SRI approach that continues to be used by the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP) in Niger, practical training for rice farmers was held from August 13-14, 2018, in the Sébéri irrigation scheme of Niger. Participants came from regions of Zinder, Tahoua, Tillabéri and Dosso. The main objectives were to train SRI champions who in turn could disseminate information to other rice producers in their area and to increase the number of specialized NIS producers who could be used as FFS facilitators to popularize this  ecological approach to producing rice.

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PHILIPPINES: Towards Rice Sufficiency, System of Rice Intensification (SRI) Trial Farm in Lamag

PHILIPPINES: Towards Rice Sufficiency, System of Rice Intensification (SRI) Trial Farm in Lamag | Selected News from SRI-Rice: August 2018 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

Women members of the Lamag Farmers’ Association (LFA) in barangay Lamag of Quirino Ilocos Sur, Philippines,  has started to test the use of the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in their rice production.  Lamag is a farming community where the Center for Development Programs in the Cordillera (CDPC) introduces SRI method towards working for food security. We transplanted the 15 day old seedlings in the rice farm (the farmers usually wait a month) with 1 seedling per hill in SRI (instead of 4-5), so the cost of seed is reduced. Before transplanting, we applied a one sack of biofertilizer. As alternative to chemical pesticides we boiled paswik leaves for pest management as young seedlings are prone to golden snail damage.  Shifting to SRI which employs agro-ecological principles is hindered by strong marketing of conventional farming methods to increase yield. Promoting an alternative method like the SRI is a difficult challenge especially if this farming practice has to deviate from the usual conventional practices of the community. Hence, conducting trial farm productions is seen as effective tool to convince the farmers the benefits of SRI.

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SURINAME: IICA promotes Rice Intensification Systems for Indigenous Communities in Suriname

SURINAME: IICA promotes Rice Intensification Systems for Indigenous Communities in Suriname | Selected News from SRI-Rice: August 2018 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

Paramaribo, Suriname, August 28, 2018 (IICA). The Delegation of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) in Suriname and Cornell University in New York are working together to conduct of field activities through Systems of Rice Intensification (SRI) for upland rice production in Maroon communities located along the upper Suriname River.

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CENTRAL JAVA, INDONESIA: Organic small scale rice production systems in Java, Indonesia – Comparison of soil management practices

In SRI fields, single seedlings were planted and treated with organic fertilizer; in CRPS fields, 3-4 seedlings were planted and treated with inorganic fertilizer. We took soil samples to analyze soil texture, ultrasound aggregate stability (USAS), total soil organic carbon (TOC), total nitrogen (TN), dissolved organic carbon (DOC) and a fungal biomarker (ergosterol). We found at all study sites that DOC is significantly more available in soils with SRI management (61.7±7.88 mg L-1 DOC), compared to CRPS (48.8±7.13 mg L-1 DOC). The fungal biomarker ergosterol was significantly more abundant (p<0.05) under SRI management strategy (SRI: 1.6 mg/kg, CRPS: 1.1mg/kg). Ultrasound soil aggregate stability is a more integrative indicator of soil processes (i.e. soil genesis) as it is strongly determined by soil type and chemical quality. Leptosols showed significantly more stable aggregates under SRI conditions compared to CRPS. The above results show, that the determined soil parameters can be used to differentiate the two production systems. Ergosterol is a sensitive indicator for oxidative soil conditions, which are beneficial for nutrient availability and plant uptake efficiency. Ultrasound soil aggregate stability results show a benefit for SRI soils, since more water stable soil aggregates mean better conditions for root penetration, development and higher soil porosity. In conclusion, the investigated soil parameters are valuable proxies for soil health indicators.

 

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Muftukhah, Rizki, et al. 2018. Geophysical Research Abstracts, vol. 20, GU2018-1165

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MALAYSIA: Sustainable Rice Farming in the Highlands | WWF Malaysia

MALAYSIA: Sustainable Rice Farming in the Highlands | WWF Malaysia | Selected News from SRI-Rice: August 2018 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

~SRI helps to increase yield and protects the environment~
Ba' Kelalan, LAWAS: Farmers are urged to adopt the sustainable method called, System of Rice Intensification or SRI, that is expected to increase yield by up to threefold and at the same time, preserving the environment.

 WWF-Malaysia held a two-day training session (11 and 12 June). This activity was done under the project entitled “Protecting Rivers and Improving Livelihood – Ba’ Kelalan and Long Semadoh, Sarawak”, which is supported by CIMB Islamic Bank from 2017 to 2019. The session aimed to introduce the concept of SRI to farmers in Long Langai and to learn how to make organic plant booster. It also provided SRI farmers from neighbouring village to share their experience with the participants, as well as to identify problems currently faced by farmers.

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COLOMBIA: Seminario Web “Avances con el Sistema Intensivo de Cultivo de Arroz (SRI) en las Américas: Progresos en Colombia

Seminario Web “Avances con el Sistema Intensivo de Cultivo de Arroz (SRI) en las Américas: Progresos en Colombia
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This IICA-sponsored June 29 webinar featured a presentation by Gabriel Garcés, FEDEARROZ Colombia, who spoke about the results of SRI trials conducted in Colombia.

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ODISHA, INDIA: Tata Steel at Sukinda creating sustainable livelihood opportunities for farmers

ODISHA, INDIA: Tata Steel at Sukinda creating sustainable livelihood opportunities for farmers | Selected News from SRI-Rice: August 2018 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

"..When it comes to paddy cultivation, most of the farmers continue to opt for age-old agricultural practices, that are high on labour and input cost, but low on quality and yield. Seeing this as an impediment to the growth of paddy production and to improve the livelihood of small and marginal farmers, Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS) at Sukinda has been promoting SRI method of paddy cultivation. This method has been widely acknowledged and accepted as a cost effective and water friendly way to cultivate paddy and obtain higher yields. For the last five years, Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS), the CSR wing of Tata Steel at Sukinda has been extensively training and encouraging farmers to turn to SRI. Village level as well as institutional training programmes on SRI have also been organised."

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INDONESIA: Farmer School in Mekarmanik, Rumah Zakat's Built Village

INDONESIA: Farmer School in Mekarmanik, Rumah Zakat's Built Village | Selected News from SRI-Rice: August 2018 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

KAB. BANDUNG. Mekarmanik Village, Cimenyan District Bandung Regency is one of Empowered Villages built by Rumah Zakat. Since May 23, 2018, Aliyudin Village Facilitator has rolled out the Field School Program of IPM (Integrated Pest Control) which is a school for rice farmers...[who learn] through experience. Farmers study with System of Rice Intensification (SRI) directly in the field and practice it in the paddy fields they plant.

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TANZANIA: Zanzibar targets higher rice self-sufficiency by 2020

TANZANIA: Zanzibar targets higher rice self-sufficiency by 2020 | Selected News from SRI-Rice: August 2018 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

Zanzibar’s Minister for Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Natural Resources, Rashid Ali Juna, revealed that Zanzibar archipelago is set to achieve 60-percent rice self-sufficiency by increasing productivity in the next two years...” We are encouraging farmers to venture into a System of Rice Intensification to boost production so that we reduce rice importation as we’re doing now” he said. Mariam Juma, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, and Natural Resources described SRI as one of the best farming techniques aimed at increasing rice yields, adding that it is low water, labour-intensive method that uses younger seedlings singly spaced and typically hand weeded with special tools.

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System of Rice Intensification - PowerPoint Presentations uploaded by SRI-Rice

System of Rice Intensification - PowerPoint Presentations uploaded by SRI-Rice | Selected News from SRI-Rice: August 2018 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

A decade of PowerPoints uploaded by SRI-Rice about the System of Rice Intensification! Learn more about what happened in various countries and how SRI is being adapted around the world.

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UTTARAKHAND, INDIA: The Introduction of SRI in Uttarakhand, India

UTTARAKHAND, INDIA: The Introduction of SRI in Uttarakhand, India | Selected News from SRI-Rice: August 2018 **sririce.org | Scoop.it

[Abstract also available in French.]

...The essence of our argument is that newly introduced technologies such as SRI are assessed by farmers on their potential to contribute to improvements of existing agricultural operations, and applied in a flexible way. In the communities we studied, SRI was adjusted and reworked by the farmers to fit into the local rice farming system.  Villages in Uttarakhand seem detached from the scientific disputes, media debates and abstract policy deliberations that have emerged around SRI at the international level. However, remote Himalayan villages are connected to the Indian political economy, for example through (national) regulations, ministerial programmes and trade connections. Interventions by government agencies and NGOs and other actors have direct impacts in these areas. Our paper concludes by arguing for an allegorical understanding of development narratives, which can be used as ‘reminders’ that invoke key community values, rather than devices to drive the adoption and application of new technology in a preconceived manner.

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Debashish Sen, et al. 2017. The Introduction of SRI in Uttarakhand. Anthropologie & développement: Technopolitical Mythologies and Sociotechnical Flexibility Anthropologie & développement 46-47: 100-126. doi:10.4000/anthropodev.595

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