SRI Global News: February - April 2024 **sririce -- System of Rice Intensification
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A Celebration of Women, Water, and Rice – Interview with Emily Sutanto

A Celebration of Women, Water, and Rice – Interview with Emily Sutanto | SRI Global News: February - April 2024 **sririce -- System of Rice Intensification | Scoop.it

To celebrate International Women’s Day, March 8, and World Water Day, March 22, we want to share some insights from  Emily’s personal journey and why changing rice production to more regenerative practices...

For the Java area, usually to produce rice using non-SRI methods, it takes between 3000-4000 liters of water to grow 1 kilo of rice. Using SRI, we only need about 750 liters of water per kilo of rice.  This is a dramatic difference. 

... SRI is definitely more women friendly.  Because it uses 90% less seedlings with single seedlings planted wider apart, women can save time when planting.  The time saved is used to gather food for their animals which are valuable sources for compost and extra income.  Now they can expand their livestock numbers. Also, the women have less skin disease because they are not working in flooded fields and have fewer cases of malaria. 
 
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Integrating Climate Smart Rice Agriculture in Supply Networks

"Integrating Climate-Smart Rice Agriculture in Supply Networks - Lotus Foods' Experience," a presentation by Olivia Vent, Lotus Foods SRI Liaison, on October 8, 2019, at the 5th Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture 2019 held in Jimbaran, Bali, Indonesia

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How Lotus Foods Reduces Impact of Rice Growing on the Environment

How Lotus Foods Reduces Impact of Rice Growing on the Environment | SRI Global News: February - April 2024 **sririce -- System of Rice Intensification | Scoop.it

...A few years in, [Ken Lee and Caryl Levine of Lotus Foods] were introduced to a new method of rice farming, the System of Rice Intensification (SRI)—a more sustainable way to grow rice using less water, less seed, and no agrochemicals that results in a double yield for farmers. “Learning about SRI and seeing the benefits for people and the environment is when we realized that growing rice organically wasn’t enough, and that we had to rethink altogether how the world grows rice,” explains Levine. “We have to feed the increasing global population with less water, land, and labor. Especially water, our most precious resource.”

And so that became their mission. Partnering with small-scale farmers in several countries, Lee and Levine worked to emphasize better growing practices by applying SRI methods, while also establishing fair and effective supply chains that would lessen environmental impact and create social and economic justice for farmers.

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USA: Winners of the National Co+op Grocers Climate Collaborative Awards

USA: Winners of the National Co+op Grocers Climate Collaborative Awards | SRI Global News: February - April 2024 **sririce -- System of Rice Intensification | Scoop.it
Lotus Foods received an award for Outstanding Value Chain Engagement for its commitment to the development and implementation of the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) production within its supply chain, including supplier training consumer education about SRI’s benefits. By keeping the soil in rice fields moist and fertile but not flooded, SRI production significantly increases crop yields, cuts water needs and reduces methane gas (one of the most potent contributors to climate change) emissions by a whopping 40%!
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