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Rice Cultivation Ambition in the New and Updated Nationally Determined Contributions: 2020-2021: Analysis of Agricultural Sub-Sectors in Countries’ Climate Change Strategies

Rice Cultivation Ambition in the New and Updated Nationally Determined Contributions: 2020-2021: Analysis of Agricultural Sub-Sectors in Countries’ Climate Change Strategies | SRI Global News: Nov. 2023 - Jan. 2024 **sririce.org -- System of Rice Intensification | Scoop.it

The share of countries that referenced rice cultivation actions in new and updated National Determined Contributions (NDCs) has increased since the previous round of NDCs. Among the top 10 countries with the highest mitigation potential for rice cultivation, 4 countries mentioned rice mitigation actions. Seventeen countries quantified measures for rice cultivation in their new and updated NDCs, for the first time. ... 56% of countries mentioning adaptation actions in rice prioritized water management (10 of 18 countries), 33% mentioned System of Rice Intensification (SRI) (6), and 33% mentioned variety development (6). [An online spreadsheet linked to this article notes how many countries mentioned SRI by name in their NDCs with rice-related adaptation or mitigation (or both) plans (9 of 29 countries): Mitigation that included SRI: Dominican Republic, Senegal, and Mali and Adaptation that included SRI: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Togo]

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Nationally determined contributions (NDCs) are at the heart of the Paris Agreement and the achievement of these long-term goals. NDCs embody efforts by each country to reduce national emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

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CANADA: How to fight climate change in agriculture while protecting jobs

CANADA: How to fight climate change in agriculture while protecting jobs | SRI Global News: Nov. 2023 - Jan. 2024 **sririce.org -- System of Rice Intensification | Scoop.it

In agriculture, climate action usually involves one of two approaches: sustainable intensification to increase agricultural yield while maintaining the ecosystem integrity or agroecological farming to restore agriculture’s ecosystem services. Agroecology includes a mix of social, economic and environmental goals.

Case studies confirm the optimism that the adoption of agroecological principles and practices would feed the growing population in socially, morally and environmentally responsible ways. There are overlaps between sustainable agriculture and agroecology, including climate smart agriculture, conservation agriculture, biodynamic agriculture, organic agriculture and permaculture. One example of the overlap is the “System of Rice Intensification,” which increases yield with lower inputs and lesser environmental damage. Seedlings are planted further apart to allow for robust growth that reduces seed, fertilizer and agrochemical use, and controlled irrigation — instead of conventional flooding — increases water use efficiency and decreases methane emissions.

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INDIA: Coping with Climate Change : The Story of the Maltos of Jharkhand

Climate variability continues to pose a big challenge to the cultivation of paddy. The introduction of agro-ecological farming called the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) method has enabled farmers to cope with rainfall variability. Many farmers adopted the SRI, recognising the effectiveness of the SRI method in the changing climate scenario. A respondent mentioned the usefulness of the method saying, “With less seed, we get good yield.” Farmers indicate that the yield in SRI is higher, where farmers sow 0.5 kg and harvests 90 kg–100 kg, while in the traditional method the quantity of harvest sown is similar (sows 60 kg, harvests about 80 kg). According to the participants, the main benefits lie in the reduction in amount of initial seeds used, decline in the pest incidence and improved soil quality. The proper spacing of the rice saplings also helps in easing the weeding process. The introduction of SRI method in the face of climate variability has helped many paddy farmers to reap the benefits of the climate smart agricultural system.
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Feeding Climate Change: Oxfam calls on food companies to reduce emissions in their supply chains

Feeding Climate Change: Oxfam calls on food companies to reduce emissions in their supply chains | SRI Global News: Nov. 2023 - Jan. 2024 **sririce.org -- System of Rice Intensification | Scoop.it

According to the Oxfam report “Feeding Climate Change”, if the Paris Agreement’s goals to reach “net-zero” emissions by 2050 and limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius is to be reached, more sustainable agricultural practices need to be adopted.The report identifies emissions from farm soils as a major contributor to climate change. For example, methane produced by flooded rice paddies and nitrous oxide from the use of fertilizers are some of the “super-pollutants” produced by farm soils. Together, these soil emissions are as damaging to the environment as those produced by deforestation to create new farmland. Rice, which is the main culprit of the five key crops, has a significant carbon footprint because of the methane emitted by flooded rice paddies and contributes about 1.5 percent of global GHG emissions -- a significant proportion of agricultural emissions. SRI could play a vital role in cutting the massive emissions from rice production while also benefiting small-scale producers. SRI produces more rice with less water, agrochemicals and seeds while producing less GHG emissions than conventional rice production. Oxfam calls for a change in how these crops are produced in a way that supports small-scale farmers and helps to build their resilience to climate shocks. [See Oxfam report]

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JAWA TENGAH, INDONESIA: Success story of SRI (System of Rice Intensification) in Gemawang, Wonogiri - YouTube

This short Indonesian language video covers a long-term collaboration between farmers and researchers to capture climate data and other information from SRI fields in Genawang Wonogiri, Central Java. The project involves researchers from JIRCAS, Universitas Gadja Mada, Institut Pertanian Bogor, University of Tokyo, and several other partners.

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Here's a related presentation about this project in Japanese language! http://www.iai.ga.a.u-tokyo.ac.jp/j-sri/meeting/190116/3toriyama.pdf

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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 | SRI Global News: Nov. 2023 - Jan. 2024 **sririce.org -- System of Rice Intensification | 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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The System of Rice Intensification (SRI): Revisiting Agronomy for a Changing Climate

The System of Rice Intensification (SRI): Revisiting Agronomy for a Changing Climate | SRI Global News: Nov. 2023 - Jan. 2024 **sririce.org -- System of Rice Intensification | Scoop.it

Climate-Smart Agricultural Practice Brief on SRI: By modifying management of rice plants, soil, water and nutrients to improve growth environments, farmers can get higher-yielding, more vigorous and resilient plants nurtured by larger root systems and greater diversity/abundance of beneficial soil organisms. More productive phenotypes from available genotypes enhance farmers’ income and security while reducing their costs and water requirements.

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Styger E, Uphoff N. 2016. The System of Rice Intensification (SRI): Revisiting Agronomy for a Changing Climate. Climate-Smart Agriculture Practice Brief. Copenhagen, Denmark: CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

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