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INDIA: Scientist Helps 50k Farmers Switch To 'Madagascar Method', Increase Yield By 50%

INDIA: Scientist Helps 50k Farmers Switch To 'Madagascar Method', Increase Yield By 50% | SRI Global News: Nov. 2023 - Jan. 2024 **sririce.org -- System of Rice Intensification | Scoop.it

The People's Science Institute (PSI), a non-profit research and development organisation, has helped close to 50,000 farmers switch from conventional farming methods to SRI in the last 15 years.  In 2006, Debashish Sen, director of PSI, and his team of agri-experts began training farmers based in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh in the SRI technique.  In MP’s Shahpur Khurd village, Kavita Singh tells The Better India, “Initially, I was hesitant to adopt a new technique that required planting fewer crops. I thought it would be a waste of space, in addition to being more labour intensive. But the staggering results painted a different picture...”

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UTTARAKHAND, INDIA: Agronomic fortification of rice grains with secondary and micronutrients under differing crop management and soil moisture regimes in the north Indian Plains

UTTARAKHAND, INDIA: Agronomic fortification of rice grains with secondary and micronutrients under differing crop management and soil moisture regimes in the north Indian Plains | SRI Global News: Nov. 2023 - Jan. 2024 **sririce.org -- System of Rice Intensification | Scoop.it

Although SRI has been reported to produce higher paddy yields with better-quality grains, little research has addressed the latter claim. This study investigated the interactive effects of rice cultivation methods with different irrigation schedules and plant density on the uptake and concentration of sulfur (S), zinc (Zn), iron (Fe), manganese (Mn) and copper (Cu) in the grain and straw of two rice cultivars during two rainy seasons in the northern plains of India. Plots with SRI cultivation methods enhanced the grain uptake and concentrations of S, Zn, Fe, Mn and Cu by 36, 32, 28, 32 and 63%, respectively, compared to conventional transplanting (CT). Wider spacing (25 × 25 cm) compared with closer spacing (20 × 20 cm) significantly increased yield and the uptake and concentrations of all the said nutrients in the grains. Overall, SRI crop management compared to CT practices led to more biological fortification of rice grains with respect to S and the four micronutrients studied, giving a concomitant yield advantage of about 17% on average in this region.

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Dass, Anchal, Subhash Chandra, Norman Uphoff, et al. 2017. Agronomic fortification of rice grains with secondary and micronutrients under differing crop management and soil moisture regimes in the north Indian plains. Paddy and Water Environment (First Online, March 11, 2017) pp 1-16. doi:10.1007/s10333-017-0588-9.

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INDIA:  What Does SRI Bring? Improved Yields or Increased Agronomic Bandwidth?

Authors: Debashish Sen, Ravindra Adusumilli, Sabarmatee. Presentation at the Conference on Contested Agronomy, Institute of Development Studies, Brighton, UK, Feb. 23-25, 2016.

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UTTARAKHAND, INDIA: Know about System of Rice Intensification(SRI)

In this episode of Etv's show Annadata, one gets to learn about using the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) to get a better yield. (Hindi)

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

UTTARAKHAND, INDIA: The Introduction of SRI in Uttarakhand, India | SRI Global News: Nov. 2023 - Jan. 2024 **sririce.org -- System of Rice Intensification | 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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 INDIA: How farmers in Uttarakhand reworked the System of Rice Intensification (SRI)

Presentation by Debashish Sen at the SRI-Rice Seminar Series at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, on September 6, 2016

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INDIA: How Smallholder Farmers in Uttarakhand Reworked the System of Rice Intensification: Innovations from Sociotechnical Interactions in Fields and Villages

Debashish Sen. 2015. How smallholder farmers in Uttarakhand reworked the System of Rice Intensification: Innovations from sociotechnical interactions in fields and villages. PhD dissertation. Wageningen University and Research Center (WUR), School of Social Sciences. (188p. pdf)

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Congratulations to Dr. Debashish Sen on a great PhD dissertation!

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