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SE ASIA: Food Security and Climate-Smart Agriculture in the Lower Mekong Basin of Southeast Asia: Evaluating Impacts of System of Rice Intensification with Special Reference to Rainfed Agriculture

SE ASIA: Food Security and Climate-Smart Agriculture in the Lower Mekong Basin of Southeast Asia: Evaluating Impacts of System of Rice Intensification with Special Reference to Rainfed Agriculture | SRI Global News: Nov. 2023 - Jan. 2024 **sririce.org -- System of Rice Intensification | Scoop.it

...The findings reported here derive from a regional collaborative project (http://www.sri-lmb.ait.asia/). More than 15,000 farmers participated in the field trials located in 33 districts of 11 provinces in the Lower-Mekong-Basin (LMB). The number of experiments conducted was more than 1,500. Project data show that System of Rice Intensification practices helped to improve conditions across the LMB region. Average rice yield increased by 52%, net economic returns were raised by 70%. Labour productivity increased by 64%; water productivity by 61%; and the efficiency of mineral fertilizer-use rose by 163%. The total energy input required for farming operations was decreased by 34%, while emissions of greenhouse gas were significantly reduced, by 14% with irrigated rice production, and by 17% per-hectare in rainfed cropping.The results of this farmer-participatory research characterize climate-smart agricultural practices that can promote household-food-security and support market-oriented development at low cost, especially in rainfed areas.

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Mishra, Abha, Jan Willem Ketelaar, Norman Uphoff and Max Whitten. 2021. Food security and climate-smart agriculture in the lower Mekong basin of Southeast Asia: evaluating impacts of system of rice intensification with special reference to rainfed agriculture. International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability doi: 10.1080/14735903.2020.1866852. NOTE: The full text article is available by subscription, purchase, or by joining the SRI Research Network. (Contact SRI-Rice for details.)

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 SE ASIA: SRI-Lower Mekong River Basin (SRI-LMB) Project Closer - YouTube

Video produced for the final regional workshop (Nov. 1-2, 2018) of the four-country EU-funded, AIT-led project entitled Sustaining and Enhancing the Momentum for Innovation and Learning around the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in the Lower Mekong River Basin. The SRI-LMB project, which was lead by the ACISAI Centre at the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand, benefited 15,000 farmers in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. (more info: http://sri-lmb.ait.ac.th/

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LAOS: SRI-LMB Project in Laos

LAOS: SRI-LMB Project in Laos | SRI Global News: Nov. 2023 - Jan. 2024 **sririce.org -- System of Rice Intensification | 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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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” | SRI Global News: Nov. 2023 - Jan. 2024 **sririce.org -- System of Rice Intensification | 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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SE ASIA: SRI-LMB Newsletter (December 2017)

SE ASIA: SRI-LMB Newsletter (December 2017) | SRI Global News: Nov. 2023 - Jan. 2024 **sririce.org -- System of Rice Intensification | Scoop.it

The December 2017 (Vol 5 Issue 2) issue of the SRI-LMB newsletter has project updates on activities related to adaptation of SRI methods to rain-fed rice production in Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. The project “Sustaining and Enhancing the Momentum for Innovation and Learning around the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in the Lower Mekong River Basin” (SRI-LMB) is an EU-financed effort led by ACISAI at the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand.

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Presentations about the SRI-LMB Project findings were delivered  by Abha Mishra recently in South Africa at the 4th Global Science Conference on Climate Smart Agriculture, and the 3rd International Conference on Global Food Security.

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SE ASIA: SRI-LMB Newsletter

SE ASIA: SRI-LMB Newsletter | SRI Global News: Nov. 2023 - Jan. 2024 **sririce.org -- System of Rice Intensification | Scoop.it

Find out more about how SRI can contribute significantly  to enhancing small farmer incomes, their living standards, and the overall food security in the Lower Mekong River Basin. This edition of the newsletter also contains items about the SRI-LMB Workshop in Laos (April), the Regional Review and Planning Workshop in Vietnam, and a look at some of the champion farmers who participate in the four-country EU-financed project “Sustaining and Enhancing the Momentum for Innovation and Learning around the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in the Lower Mekong River Basin.”  The project, which is led by the Asian Institute of Technology involves farmers in 11 provinces in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.

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CAMBODIA, LAOS, THAILAND, VIETNAM: Women Farmers Harvesting Success

CAMBODIA, LAOS, THAILAND, VIETNAM: Women Farmers  Harvesting Success | SRI Global News: Nov. 2023 - Jan. 2024 **sririce.org -- System of Rice Intensification | Scoop.it

“SRI is good for me because I am able to harvest a good and profitable crop, even with less seed and fertilizers and with less water”.... Experiences of four women participants in the project on “Sustaining and Enhancing the Momentum for Innovation and Learning around the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in the Lower Mekong River Basin

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SE ASIA: SRI - Lower Mekong Rive Basin (SRI-LMB) Newsletter -- 4(1): 2016

Dec. 2016 SRI-LMB Newsletter for the EU-financed project “Sustaining and Enhancing the Momentum for Innovation and Learning around the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in the Lower Mekong River Basin” The main objective of the project is to contribute to enhance resilience of rainfed small-scale farmers of Lower Mekong region confronting climate change. The project implementation period is for 60 months with a total cost of action approximately 3.4 million Euros. 

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LAOS: ProNet 21 SRI project in Laos

 Photos of SRI activity in Luangprabang Province, Laos. The System of Rice Intensification (SRI) project was undertaken by the NPO ProNet 21 together the Government (PAFO and DAFO) during 2006-2018. The project was funded by through JICA.

SRI-Rice's insight:

An overview of this successful project, is available from here:

http://sri.cals.cornell.edu/countries/laos/index.html#2019

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SE ASIA: SRI-LMB Newsletter VI

SE ASIA: SRI-LMB Newsletter VI | SRI Global News: Nov. 2023 - Jan. 2024 **sririce.org -- System of Rice Intensification | 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.

SRI-Rice's insight:

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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CAMBODIA, INDIA, LAOS:  Rice farming: The physical challenges for women

Most of the burden of growing rice is on women farmers working on small plots of land. The physical strain on them is immense, and the long-term effects are severe. Women rice growers deserve greater recognition and new strategies to help lighten their load.

SRI-Rice's insight:

This film was shown during the keynote address given by Minh Le, Oxfam’s global agricultural advisor, during the October 2018 International Rice Congress in Singapore. Also included in the key was a note on how SRI methods can address a number of the health challenges that women face in the rice fields. SRI reduces drudgery by eliminating transport of heavy older seedlings and working in flooded conditions. Also, introducing women-friendly equipment that can reduce the time and drudgery involved in weeding and other farm operations.

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LAOS: SRI-LMB Brochure for Laos

LAOS: SRI-LMB Brochure for Laos | SRI Global News: Nov. 2023 - Jan. 2024 **sririce.org -- System of Rice Intensification | 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).

SRI-Rice's insight:

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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LAOS: SRI - Lower Mekong River Basin Project (SRI-LMB)

This is an SRI-LMB video focusing on Laos, one of the four countries that are part of the EU-funded project that is led by Asian Institute of Technology: “Sustaining and Enhancing the Momentum for Innovation and Learning around the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in the Lower Mekong River Basin.” The other countries is in the SRI-LMB project are Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam.

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Find out more about the SRI-LMB's work in Laos here: http://sri-lmb.ait.asia/country/Laos.php

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LAO PDR: Key FPAR Learning and Draft Work Plans (SRI-LMB)

Presentation by Viengxay Photakoun and Kongsy Xayavong from DAEC, MAF Laos, at the Second Regional Review & Planning Workshop on SRI-LMB, 24-25th April, 2017. (comparison between SRI and farmers' practice (FP) for the project sites in the three provinces showed the SRI reduced the cost of production, while increasing yield, gross returns and net returns substantially)

SRI-Rice's insight:

For more information about the four-country Project on Sustaining and Enhancing the Momentum for Innovation and Learning around the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in the Lower Mekong River Basin (SRI-LMB) see the project website (http://sri-lmb.ait.asia)

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CAMBODIA, LAOS, THAILAND and VIETNAM: SRI LMB developing a more intelligent pathway for sustainable rice intensification

The Asian Center of Innovation for Sustainable Agriculture Intensification (ACISAI) is implementing an EU-financed project entitled “Sustaining and Enhancing the Momentum for Innovation and Learning around the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in the Lower Mekong River Basin.” The project aims to enhance the resilience of rainfed small-scale farmers of Lower Mekong region (Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam) by using Farmers’ Field School (FFS) approaches to sustainably improve agricultural productivity and food security through adapting and adopting SRI methods. As part of the action-research, more than 405 sets of field experiments have been carried out involving approximately 7,000 farmers. The initial calculation of yields across the region has showed an average paddy yield of 4.7 t/ha which is 66 % more than the regional baseline yield. (See project website)

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SOUTHEAST ASIA: SRI-Lower Mekong River Basin Newsletter

SOUTHEAST ASIA: SRI-Lower Mekong River Basin Newsletter | SRI Global News: Nov. 2023 - Jan. 2024 **sririce.org -- System of Rice Intensification | Scoop.it

According to the Dec. 2015 project newsletter (vol III, no.2) , more than 5,000 primarily rainfed rice farmers in Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam have been learning and adapting SRI methods at 172 sites in 32 districts of 11 provinces this year. Despite this year's delayed monsoon the SRI fields were able to cope up with harsh weather vagaries. Small rainfed farmers continued to adopt SRI methods due to better crop production as well as increased tolerance to droughts, pests and diseases. The SRI-LMB Project is spearheaded by the ACISAI Center at the Asian Institute of Technology in Pathumthani, Thailand.

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