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Sustainable Sugarcane Initiative (SSI): Improving Sugarcane Cultivation in India Sugarcane cultivation and the sugar industry are facing multiple problems despite sugarcane being an important crop in India. >> Read more


SRI helps enhance rice productivity, 11th April, 2011, Financial Express (India) >>Read More

NABARD conducts State level workshop on paddy cultivation, 6th April, 2011, Daily Pioneer (Jharkhand) >>Read More

Surinder Sud: a new lease of rice, 5th April, 2011, Business Standard, (India) >>Read More

3rd National Symposium Proceedings
Report on 3rd National SRISymposium, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu state, India, December 1-3, 2008. >> Read More
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State to adopt innovative Sugarcane cultivation BHUBANESWAR: The State government has decided to take up Sustainable Sugarcane Initiative (SSI) >> Read More

The Hindu - Farmers Notebook: SRI paddy crops infuse hope and cheer to Andhra Pradesh farmers
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Experiences of SRI Farmers fromthe Warangal district of Andhra Pradesh >> Read More

Rice is life
Rice is life for millions of people in the world, particularly in developing countries. It is the main cereal for majority population in India. The demand for rice is growing with ever-increasing population. Rice is water intensive crop. More than 70 percent of the country’s ground and surface water is being used for agriculture, and out of this, 70 percent is allocated to rice cultivation. Each kg of rice produced with irrigation requires 3000-5000 litres of water.
Water and food security
Increasingly water is becoming single most constraint to produce more rice to meet increasing demand. In spite of providing assured irrigation, use of pest-resistant high-yielding varieties, and high inputs of fertilisers and pesticides, rice yields in India are plateauing. With inevitable growth of demand for human and industrial needs, water available for agriculture will become scarcer in future. Hence, India needs to invest on improving its water productivity, and any capacity to produce more rice with less water will be an important contribution to sustainable water and food security.
System of Rice Intensification (SRI)
System of Rice Intensification (SRI) emerged in the 1980’s as a synthesis of locally advantageous rice production practices encountered in Madagascar by Fr Henri de Laulanie, a Jesuit Priest who had been working there since 1961. But, it is Dr.Norman Uphoff from Cornell International Institute for Food and Agriculture, Ithaca, USA, who had brought this method to the notice of outside world in the late 1990s. Today SRI is being adopted in many states in India and the response from farmers has been overwhelming seeing the benefits of the method. >> Read More.
"Enhancing employment and sustaining production - Framework for Integration of System of Rice Intensification with Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS)", National Consortium on SRI, released for the Round Table Meeting on SRI for the XII Five Year Plan held at CSD in Delhi on 13 January, 2012. This note lays out a framework for supporting SRI under MGNREGS is intended for evolving a programmatic action. It draws insights from field experiences across the country in compiling the options and the framework >> Read More.
Down to Earth - Cover Story : Saving Rice
Rice is at the heart of a fierce strategy debate as the country prepares to launch the second Green Revolution in the eastern states. Policymakers and scientists have drawn up ambitious plans to increase the productivity of this cereal which feeds two-thirds of Indians. Enormous funds are being poured into research aimed at improving seed varieties, with a heavy focus on developing hybrid rice. Is it the right option for millions of small rice farmers >> Read More.

International SRI Research Seminar on "Recent Changes in Rice Production and Rural Livelihoods: New Insights on the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) as a socio-technical movement in India" was organized by the National Consortium on SRI (NCS) and supported by Wageningen University and XIMB at National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NASC), New Delhi on 19th - 20th June, 2014 >> Read More

A Round-table discussion on "Upscaling SRI in the XII Plan" was organized by the National Consortium on SRI (NCS) at Council for Social Development, New Delhi on 13th January 2012 >> Read More

A Round-table discussion on Status of SRI in India, upscaling strategy and global experience sharing was organized at Central Library, IARI, New Delhi on 3rd March 2011. >> Read More

A national workshop on "SRI in India - Stock - Taking and Future Directions in the Context of Food Security and Climate Change" on 21st - 22nd December, 2010 at ICRISAT, Patancheru, Andhra Pradesh: Read more


A high-level meeting on 'Policy Dialogue on Evolving Strategies for Increasing Rice Production through Promotion of SRI' was organized at Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU) on 4th May 2009. >> Read More

Multimedia toolkit prepared by the World Bank Institute: Achieving more with less: SRI - A new way of rice cultivation

SDTT and The Allied trusts presents - One Seed Revolution One Seed Revolution is a docudrama about about real people bringing in change in their lives by adopting SRI in an effort to find cost effective agricultural practices to attain food security at their household level. At the grass root level, the film follows the lives of Dashrathi Senapathi and Savitri Sahu as they take up the challenge to practice SRI and in turn influence many others to take a step towards food security. While at the another level, we see the team at Sir Dorabji Tata Trust promote and support SRI to farmers across India. For SDTT, SRI is a new window of opportunity to keep away hunger and ring positive development among poor farmers in the face of increased food grain prices and input driven agricultural practices. >> Read more

International Rice Report
“More Rice for People, More Water for The Planet, System of Rice Intensification (SRI) -Contributing to Food Security, Farmers’ Adaptability to Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability” >> Read more

SRI - Challenges Traditions, Transforming Lives
SRI is fast altering the lives ofmillions of farmers engaged in cultivation of rice. SRI requires almost no standing water for the rice to grow and also increases the yield. Women have benefited the most from SRI as this revolutionary method does away with the heavy labor associated with rice cultivation. Usually relegated to toil in the rice fields besides working around their houses SRI has not only transformed the lives of these women but also helped usher in a new dawn of women empowerment at the grassroots level.>> View

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Do you speak SRI?
This video explains how SRI works. It shows experiences in Cambodia. Produced by Mind's Eye production for Oxfam America and CEDAC >> Read More.
Define 'SRI'
I thank Natarajan (EKOVENTURE) for raising her question . If I were to force myself to ‘define’ SRI, in what would be necessarily a reductionist manner, I would consider a rice crop as qualifying as ‘SRI’ if it has the following three (or four) characteristics at a minimum >> Read More.

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