How Agroecological Rice Intensification Can Assist in Reaching the Sustainable Development Goals | SRI Global News: Nov. 2023 - Jan. 2024 ** -- System of Rice Intensification |

The UN Development Program has set forth a roster of sustainable development goals (SDGs) for eradicating hunger and poverty with other consequential targets also to be achieved by 2030. Agroecological production strategies can help accomplish about half of these goals, especially SDG #2 (zero hunger) and SDG #12 (action for climate), utilizing biological processes and potentials that already exist in crop plants and in the soil systems they grow in. An agroecological strategy, the System of Rice Intensification (SRI), has demonstrated that it can raise rice production by 25–50% or more, while lowering production costs and raising farmer incomes. Higher yield is achieved by using 25–50% less water, and SRI practices reduce net emission of greenhouse gases from paddy fields, while reducing crops’ vulnerability to the hazards of climate change. The advantages of SRI methods are being extended also to crops beyond rice, like wheat, millet, and sugarcane. SRI practices contribute to achieving other SDGs as well.