Issue 066 - SRI, More Rice, Less water
The quest for technologies that enable more efficient and environmentally friendly agricultural practices has intensified as the reality of climate change has become universally evident. One such technology is the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) which was developed in Madagascar, becoming available to the rest of the world from around 2000.
In this issue Erika Styger captures the progressive adoption of the technology outside Madagascar in an interesting chronology in her article titled:
How is SRI evolving, and what are we learning?
In East Africa, Professor Bancy Mati spearheaded introduction of the SRI technology in Kenya. See her interview by Fiona Imbali. Farmers’ testimonies from two major rice growing areas in Kenya, namely: Mwea (Kirinyaga County) and Ahero (Kisumu County) attest to the effectiveness of SRI in increasing yields and improving their livelihoods.
Efforts to introduce SRI have met some initial resistance of both farmers and the scientific community.
Farmers learnt about the technology, adopted it and other farmers learnt from them. Today the technology is well supported by research.
Read more on SRI here.