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Welcome from
International SRI Network
SRI Network is not formal, not planned –
It exists, and grows, and prospers
We expe...
SRI originated in Madagascar in 1980s
Until 1999, Madagascar was the only
country in the world where SRI was known
SRI started spreading in 1999-2000
China, Indonesia; Madagascar
Then SRI spread farther through
demonstrations: in 15 countries by 2002
Cambodia, Cuba, Philippines, Laos, Thailand,
Myanm...
April 1-4, 2002:
First International SRI
Conference, Sanya, China
Hosted by China National Hybrid Rice
Research and Develo...
Before 1999: Madagascar
1999/2000: China, Indonesia
2000/01: Bangladesh, Cuba, Laos,
Cambodia, Gambia, India, Nepal,
Myanm...
SRI Network is diversified
• Leading and supporting roles vary widely:
• NGOs (Cambodia, Philippines, Myanmar, Mali)
• Gov...
Network continues to diversify
SRI endorsements at the Annual Meeting in
New York City of Clinton Global Initiative,
Septe...
Video clips from Lee and Carrey
Our Cornell capacity to assist the
International SRI Network is now
enhanced by Better U Foundation:
SRI International Net...
SRI continues to get
growing attention & support
• SRI endorsement by President of the
World Bank, December 2009, then by
...
“Everyone cites India’s Green Revolution. But I’m
even more intrigued by what is known as SRI, or
system of rice intensifi...
PM’s speech – First Core Group of Central Ministers and
State Chief Ministers on Prices of Essential Commodities,
April 8,...
“… this SRI method is a proven
example where the agriculture is
sustained ,and it is a correction
to the Green Revolution…...
SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM
Independence – Freedom – Happiness
MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURAL
& RURAL DEVELOPMENT Hanoi, Octob...
We want to thank the
MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURAL AND
RURAL DEVELOPMENT (PPD) and
OXFAM AMERICA
for organizing this SRI DAY
On...
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1048 Welcome from International SRI Network

Presented by: Norman Uphoff, CIIFAD, Cornell University, USA

Presented at: International Rice Congress, Pre-Congress SRI Day, November 8, 2010.

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1048 Welcome from International SRI Network

  1. 1. Welcome from International SRI Network SRI Network is not formal, not planned – It exists, and grows, and prospers We expect that it will become more visible and more effective through this IRC
  2. 2. SRI originated in Madagascar in 1980s Until 1999, Madagascar was the only country in the world where SRI was known
  3. 3. SRI started spreading in 1999-2000 China, Indonesia; Madagascar
  4. 4. Then SRI spread farther through demonstrations: in 15 countries by 2002 Cambodia, Cuba, Philippines, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Nepal; China, Indonesia; Madagascar
  5. 5. April 1-4, 2002: First International SRI Conference, Sanya, China Hosted by China National Hybrid Rice Research and Development Center, with the co-sponsorship of: • Association Tefy Saina •China National Rice Research Institute, and •Cornell Intl. Inst. for Food, Agriculture & Development Grant from Rockefeller Foundation with support of WB Agr & RD Dept. 50 international participants from 15 countries, plus 60 Chinese participants  got agreement for ‘walking on both legs’ strategy -- reearch + practice go together
  6. 6. Before 1999: Madagascar 1999/2000: China, Indonesia 2000/01: Bangladesh, Cuba, Laos, Cambodia, Gambia, India, Nepal, Myanmar, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Thailand 2002/03: Benin, Guinea, Peru, Moz. 2004/05: Senegal, Pakistan, Vietnam 2006: Burkina Faso, Bhutan, Iran, Iraq, Zambia 2007: Afghanistan, Brazil, Mali 2008: Rwanda, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, Ghana, Japan 2009: Malaysia, Timor Leste 2010: Kenya, DPRK, Panama, Today, the benefits of SRI have now been validated in 42 countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America
  7. 7. SRI Network is diversified • Leading and supporting roles vary widely: • NGOs (Cambodia, Philippines, Myanmar, Mali) • Government agencies (Nepal, Vietnam, Tripura) • Universities (Tamil Nadu, Japan, Indonesia) • Research institutions (China, Gambia, Iraq, Iran) • Private sector (Indonesia, Pakistan, Costa Rica) • Foundations (India) • Individuals, farmers (Cuba, Bangladesh, Panama) •National SRI initiatives usually include a range of institutional allies and individuals, with shared goals and shared values  benefit farmers + consumers + environment
  8. 8. Network continues to diversify SRI endorsements at the Annual Meeting in New York City of Clinton Global Initiative, September 2010: •Lotus Foods, small family company in San Francisco, CA, importing specialty rices on organic/fair trade basis (presentation by Ken Lee, co-founder) •Better U Foundation, Los Angeles, CA, supporting more equitable & sustainable world (presentation by Jim Carrey, actor and philanthropist)
  9. 9. Video clips from Lee and Carrey
  10. 10. Our Cornell capacity to assist the International SRI Network is now enhanced by Better U Foundation: SRI International Network and Resources Center (SRI-Rice) • Erika Styger – Director of Programs • Lucy Fisher – Director of Communication, responsible for website development and management, electronic outreach • Olivia Vent – Special Projects • Norman Uphoff – Senior Advisor Advisory Committees and Working Groups will be formed for wider involvement – also an NGO is being established: SRI Global Inc. (SGI)
  11. 11. SRI continues to get growing attention & support • SRI endorsement by President of the World Bank, December 2009, then by the Prime Minister of India, April 2010 • Previously, SRI got endorsements from the President of Indonesia, July 2007, and Vietnam Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development, October 2007
  12. 12. “Everyone cites India’s Green Revolution. But I’m even more intrigued by what is known as SRI, or system of rice intensification, and I know this is also an area of interest for [Prime Minister] Manmohan Singh. “Using smart water management and planting practices, farmers in Tamil Nadu have increased rice yields between 30 and 80 per cent, reduced water use by 30 per cent, and now require significantly less fertilizer. “This emerging technology not only addresses food security, but also the water scarcity challenge that climate change is making all the more dangerous. These are all lessons for our world.” Robert Zoellick, President, World Bank Hindustan Times, December 2, 2009
  13. 13. PM’s speech – First Core Group of Central Ministers and State Chief Ministers on Prices of Essential Commodities, April 8, 2010: … we must insulate the poor and the vulnerable from any rapid rise in prices of food items and essential commodities … our food production needs to grow at a faster rate. .. The strategies will necessarily be different for different areas of our country. Punjab and Haryana farmers showed the way by adopting intensive, HYV-based agriculture some 40 years ago. They have to do it again through reduced water use, and through better agronomic practice like the System of Rice Intensification method of rice cultivation… The need of the hour is to re-focus attention on agriculture and prepare strategies to bring in the next agricultural revolution …
  14. 14. “… this SRI method is a proven example where the agriculture is sustained ,and it is a correction to the Green Revolution… This SRI method, being a solution instead of adding to the problem [of environmental deterioration], and by providing opportunities for agricultural development, is therefore very suitable for Indonesia. “ Dialog dengan Petani di Cianjur Pemerintah Diminta Sebarluaskan Padi SRI SBY speaking at SRI Harvest Festival, Cianjur, July 30, 2007
  15. 15. SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM Independence – Freedom – Happiness MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURAL & RURAL DEVELOPMENT Hanoi, October 15th , 2007 No: 3062/QD-BNN-KHCN DECISION Acknowledging “The Application of the System of Rice Intensification in rice cultivation in a number of Northern Provinces” to be a technical advance MINISTER OF AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT Pursuant to Decree No. 86/2003/ND-CP, dated July 18th , 2003 by the Government regulating the function, task, authority and organization of the Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development, Pursuant to the Minutes of the Science and Technology Council, dated April 1st , 2007, on the evaluation of the research project namely “Application of the System of Rice Intensification in rice production in Northern ecological areas in order to implement the “3 more - 3 less” program, According to the proposal by the Science and Technology Department, DECIDES Article 1. Acknowledge “The Application of the System of Rice Intensification in rice production in a number of Northern Provinces” to be a technical advance (summary attached). Article 2. Authors and relevant agencies and institutions be responsible for guiding and disseminating this technical advance in agricultural production. Article 3. The Ministry’s Office Manager, Director of the Science and Technology Department, Director of the Plant Protection Department, Director General of the Cultivation Department, Director of the National Agricultural Extension Center, Directors of the Provincial Agricultural and Rural Departments, and relevant agencies be responsible for implementing this Decision. FOR MINISTER VICE MINISTER Science and Technology Dept. (signed and sealed) Bùi Bá Bổng
  16. 16. We want to thank the MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT (PPD) and OXFAM AMERICA for organizing this SRI DAY On behalf of VIETNAM NATIONAL SRI COMMITTEE which also includes participation from: •Center for Sustainable Rural Development (SRD) •Hanoi Agricultural University •Japanese Overseas Volunteer (JOVC) •Oxfam Quebec •Thai Nguyen University •plus others . . .

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