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.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

LEISA magazine editions about SRI: India and Latin America

From the AgriCultures Network:

LEISA revista de agroecología: El SICA, Un éxito que se expande

This Latin American (Spanish) version of  LEISA, edition 29-1, is devoted to the System of Rice Intensification, called Sistema de Cultivo Intensivo de Arroz (SICA) in Spanish. There are articles from SRI practitioners in Colombia, Peru, Nepal and elsewhere, as well articles of global interest by Willem Stoop, Erika Styger and Jorge Chavez-Tafur.
En esta edición de LEISA 29-1, presentamos experiencias de aplicación del Sistema de Cultivo Intensivo de Arroz (SICA), una tecnología innovadora adoptada con éxito en diferentes países del mundo donde se cultiva este importante cereal.

LEISA India: SRI, A scaling up success

Another version of  the magazine for Low External Input Sustainable Agriculture, LEISA India, is also devoted to SRI (March 2013, volume 15 no.1). Articles cover SRI in India and Nepal as well as articles on extending SRI principles to wheat (SWI) and to sugarcane (SSI). Opinions by leading SRI proponents in India and an interview with Norman Uphoff are also included in this edition.

Farming Matters: SRI - Much more than more rice
he global version of this magazine, Farming Matters, was reviewed during a previous blog post. The March 2013 issue of the magazine (Vol. 29 no. 1) from the AgriCultures Network is entitled "SRI - Much More than More Rice."