Wednesday, April 6, 2016

NEW BOOK: The System of Rice Intensification (SRI), Responses to Frequently Asked Questions - by Norman Uphoff

In his new book, The System of Rice Intensification (SRI), Responses to Frequently Asked Questions, Norman Uphoff offers explanations, resources, and concrete examples of this climate-smart, agroecological methodology for all who are interested in the development of practicable, sustainable food systems. This book explains how, “In an unprecedented way, SRI methods raise the productivity of land, of labor, of water, of seeds, and of capital all at the same time.”

Uphoff first learned about SRI in Madagascar in 1993 while serving as director of the Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development (CIIFAD), and has spent over 20 years studying, compiling experiences, and writing about the practice and spread of SRI in all the rice-growing regions of the world. He has connected countless farmers and development workers to the knowledge and training needed to implement this system to improve livelihoods, and has linked researchers to people and resources that helped them study the underpinnings of SRI.

From these decades of experience, Uphoff has authored a book addressing the most frequently asked questions about SRI, which has now proven effective in nearly 60 countries in Asia, Africa and the Americas. Some highlights of this book include the benefits of SRI for women farmers; the potential for SRI to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; the possibilities for adapting these methodologies to numerous agroecological conditions; and the spread of the methods to other crops, known as the System of Crop Intensification (SCI).

The System of Rice Intensification (SRI), Responses to Frequently Asked Questions is an essential resource for anyone interested in climate-smart agriculture and accessible pathways to development for farmers.

For more information on SRI, visit the SRI-Rice Website.

To order a copy, click the links below:
PDF download (SRI-Rice website) FREE
Color paperback (Amazon) $41.33
Black & White paperback (Amazon) $8.83
Kindle edition (Amazon) $2.99

Monday, March 10, 2014

SRI-Rice Named as a Finalist for the 2013 Katerva Award

(People's Choice voting now open!)

SRI roots in Mali
The Katerva Award highlights the most innovative projects from around the world and has been referred to as "the Nobel Prize of Sustainability." The SRI International Network and Resources Center (SRI-Rice) at Cornell University has been selected as a finalist for the 2013 Katerva Award in the Food Security category. SRI-Rice was created at Cornell University in 2010 with funding from Jim Carrey's Better U Foundation in response to the increasing importance of the System of Rice Intensification (SRI), a climate-smart, low-cost, yield-increasing methodology that has spread from Madagascar to over 50 countries in little more than a decade.  In an era of climate change and increasing stress on the world's natural resources, SRI is an innovation that, without purchasing expensive inputs, can help farmers adapt to climate change, while reducing methane (an important greenhouse gas) emissions and sustainably increasing productivity and system resilience.

Planting SRI in AfricaKaterva also allows the public to help choose from the finalists the innovation they feel has the most to offer the world. All 50 finalists are therefore eligible for the Katerva People's Choice Award. The public is invited to vote for the People's Choice Award from the 7th through the 28th of March, 2014, on the Katerva website. (See the following page to cast your vote: Please cast your vote for SRI-Rice! 

For more information on the nomination of SRI-Rice as well as the others who have been selected, see the press release. Thanks to all who have supported SRI-Rice through the years and to all those who have spent time evaluating, adapting and helping others to learn more about the System of Rice Intensification.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

New System of Rice Intensification (SRI) Video about Nepal

Flooded Cellar Productions, an international film, TV and video production company, together with SRI-Rice at Cornell University, has expanded its series of videos about the System of Rice Intensification with a new video examining the success of SRI in western Nepal.

While SRI spread slowly after its initial introduction to Nepal in 1999, adoption of the methods has has been gaining momentum in the last few years. Filmed in the Kailali District in November 2012, the 12-minute video follows Bed Prasad Upadhyaya, a rice farmer, who was introduced to SRI by a National Agricultural Research Council program. The program, which was developed in connection with European Union Food Facility Project, introduced SRI to select villages, eventually reaching 8,000 farmers. Bed Prasad Upadhyaya was at first hesitant to adopt SRI methods promoted by Ram B. Khadka and others in the project, but was amazed by yields that are double, even triple, what he achieved using traditional methods. With higher yields and fewer inputs, the quality of life and food security of his family has improved dramatically.

A short version of the video is also available.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

More Regional Issues of AgriCultures Network Magazines Focus on the System of Rice Intensification (SRI): China and Africa

There are now five regional and global editions of the AgriCultures Network's magazines that have their March issues focused on the System of Rice Intensification (SRI). The latest two of this group of publications that are dedicated to low external input sustainable agriculture are Baobab, an Africa-based magazine, and LEISA China, which is published in Chinese. (The March issues of the previous three, Farming Matters, LEISA India, and the Spanish language Latin American edition, LEISA Revista de Agroecología, have been reviewed in previous posts to our blog.)

水稻强化栽培体 (SRI) 的推广-  Download PDF

This March issue of LEISA China (vol. 7, no. 1) looks at the current use of and debates around System of Rice Intensification (SRI) as it moved from Madagascar to more than 50 countries and from rice to other crops. With the impressive dissemination of SRI, this is a fascinating case study of innovation from below, involving local authorities, "champions", extension agents and millions farmers

SRI: More Rice, Less Water -  Download PDF

Issue 66 of Baobab magazine captures the progressive adoption of the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) outside Madagascar, focusing on its introduction, adoption and effectiveness in East Africa. As the quest for technologies that enable more efficient and environmentally friendly agricultural practices has intensified, SRI, which was defined in Madagascar little more than a decade ago, has emerged as a good option.  Although efforts to introduce SRI  have met with some initial resistance of both farmers and the scientific community, the methods still spread from farmer to farmer at an amazing rate and the methods are now well-supported by research. Also covered in this issue is the application of SRI methods to a number of other crops.