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SRI + Beni Raised Berms Project System of Rice Intensification  First International Workshop Costa Rica, November 2011
Demand Based Price Crisis <ul><li>1986 – 2000 : Rice prices remained stable </li></ul><ul><li>2001 – 2011: Increase in ric...
<ul><li>Elements: Lo w rice stocks, imbalance between demand and supply  -> PRICE CRISIS </li></ul><ul><li>What is needed?...
SRI + Beni Raised Berms Project <ul><li>Seeks the  development of a rice production system based on two existing technolog...
Beni Raised Berms Source: Intermón-Oxfam Current Land Use Rainy Season Dry Season Use of Raised Berms Rainy Season Dry Sea...
Beni Raised Berm Technology Berm used for residential landscaping - Source: University of Minnesota (SULIS) In Beni, Boliv...
Newly Uncovered Technology RAISED BERMS Important! Eventhough they look similar, raised berms are different from raised be...
System of Rice Intensification (SRI) <ul><li>Methodology to  increase productivity of rice from a change in the management...
Project Hypothesis <ul><li>Hypothesis: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>With SRI + Beni Raised Berms Project, it is expected to have ...
Two Technologies Bonded SRI RAISED BERMS Technologies + The results obtained in Beni, Bolivia could be replicated in simil...
Replication in India <ul><li>The  weather patterns in the Monsoon area in India and Beni,  Bolivia,  are   similar . </li>...
Replication in India Source: Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) Source: IRRI Rainfed rice areas Precipitation during M...
Replication in India <ul><li>Weather patterns: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Beni:  The warm and wet season with heavy rains, occu...
Bonding Two Technologies <ul><li>The productivity increase through  the development and difussion of  improved technologie...
Steps to Develop the Project <ul><li>Develop  experimental plots of rice production  associating SRI with Raised Berms in ...
Summary Raised Berms SRI Rice supply and  price crisis solution <ul><li>New paradigm in agriculture </li></ul><ul><li>- So...
<ul><li>GRACIAS </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>(591) 2 279-9664 </li></ul>
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PowerPoint presented by Fernando Neri, Bolivia, at the First Workshop on the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in Latin America at EARTH University in Costa Rica, Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2011

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1172- SRI plus Beni Raised Berms Project

  1. 1. SRI + Beni Raised Berms Project System of Rice Intensification First International Workshop Costa Rica, November 2011
  2. 2. Demand Based Price Crisis <ul><li>1986 – 2000 : Rice prices remained stable </li></ul><ul><li>2001 – 2011: Increase in rice prices (409% for 2008 and 348% for 2011) </li></ul>*IRRI: International Rice Research Institute
  3. 3. <ul><li>Elements: Lo w rice stocks, imbalance between demand and supply -> PRICE CRISIS </li></ul><ul><li>What is needed?: Increased production through the diffusion of BMS technologies </li></ul>What is needed to solve the problem? Imbalance between demand and supply Source: IRRI, 2010
  4. 4. SRI + Beni Raised Berms Project <ul><li>Seeks the development of a rice production system based on two existing technologies: System of Rice Intensification (SRI) and the Beni Raised Berms, that were in use in 800 A.D. </li></ul>SRI RAISED BERMS Technologies Beni – Bolivia +
  5. 5. Beni Raised Berms Source: Intermón-Oxfam Current Land Use Rainy Season Dry Season Use of Raised Berms Rainy Season Dry Season Large expanses of land under water for several months, no crops left Rainwater drains off taking out the nutrients with it, leaving a sandy soil in which it is hard to grow crops Crops like rice, maize, cassava, banana, onions, and others Sandy soil Raised berm Canal Fish and acuatic plants Up to 2m Seeds and crops are protected from being washed away Canals provide a source of irrigation and nutrients Nutrients
  6. 6. Beni Raised Berm Technology Berm used for residential landscaping - Source: University of Minnesota (SULIS) In Beni, Bolivia raised berms are 30 feet tall and 3 miles long…and might use the same technology as current day berms.
  7. 7. Newly Uncovered Technology RAISED BERMS Important! Eventhough they look similar, raised berms are different from raised beds! Raised Beds =
  8. 8. System of Rice Intensification (SRI) <ul><li>Methodology to increase productivity of rice from a change in the management of plants, soil, water, and nutrients.* </li></ul><ul><li>SRIs practices help soil to be healthier and more productive, and plants to have a higher root growth by promoting the abundance and diversity of soil organisms.* </li></ul>Source: *Cornell UIniversity, 2010: **Oxfam America et al., 2010 47% Yield increase 40% Water saving 23% Reduction in costs per hectare 68% Increased income per hectare **SRIs impact average in eight countries **
  9. 9. Project Hypothesis <ul><li>Hypothesis: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>With SRI + Beni Raised Berms Project, it is expected to have a yield increase between 47 and 200% </li></ul></ul>Base: 7,657 Kg/Ha Maximum Average Mínimum 22,971 Kg/Ha (200% increase) 17,113 Kg/Ha (123,5% increase) 11,255 Kg/Ha (47% increase) Expected Yield Increase
  10. 10. Two Technologies Bonded SRI RAISED BERMS Technologies + The results obtained in Beni, Bolivia could be replicated in similar ecological regions of the world…
  11. 11. Replication in India <ul><li>The weather patterns in the Monsoon area in India and Beni, Bolivia, are similar . </li></ul><ul><li>Both have a seasonal pattern of floodings . </li></ul>Indian Monsoon Beni Floodings
  12. 12. Replication in India Source: Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) Source: IRRI Rainfed rice areas Precipitation during Monsoon season (mm)
  13. 13. Replication in India <ul><li>Weather patterns: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Beni: The warm and wet season with heavy rains, occurs between October and May. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>India: The monsoon period occurs between June and September (IMD*) . </li></ul></ul>Map of Bolivia** Source: *India Meteorological Department (IMD); ** Texas A&M Map of India* Precipitation: Beni 1500 – 2000 mm India 800 – 2000 mm (rainfed rice areas) Beni 1500 – 2000 mm The precipitation range in both areas is similar
  14. 14. Bonding Two Technologies <ul><li>The productivity increase through the development and difussion of improved technologies, is a viable long term solution to reduce rice prices, avoiding future price increases, and ensure that it is accesible to poor consumers (IRRI, 2008). </li></ul><ul><li>Bring to India a rice production system based on technologies that have been proven effective, could be an innovative way to address the rice production crisis. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Steps to Develop the Project <ul><li>Develop experimental plots of rice production associating SRI with Raised Berms in Beni, Bolivia. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Get funding for the project (pilot) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recruitment of personal and resources for production </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prepare raised berms and technology mix </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Production and d ata collection </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Analize and publish results gathered from the experimental plots. </li></ul><ul><li>Replicating the experimental production system in India. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Summary Raised Berms SRI Rice supply and price crisis solution <ul><li>New paradigm in agriculture </li></ul><ul><li>- Soil regeneration </li></ul><ul><li>- Low carbon footprint </li></ul><ul><li>Ecologic and organic products </li></ul><ul><li>Fair trade </li></ul><ul><li>Tropical agriculture </li></ul><ul><li>Monsoon </li></ul><ul><li>Flooding season </li></ul><ul><li>Archeological value </li></ul><ul><li>Soil management </li></ul><ul><li>High productivity </li></ul><ul><li>Small areas </li></ul><ul><li>First steps: </li></ul><ul><li>Experimental plots (Rice production using SRI - Camellones) </li></ul><ul><li>Results publications (Papers)… </li></ul>Bonding Two Technologies SRI + Beni Raised Berms Project
  17. 17. <ul><li>GRACIAS </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>(591) 2 279-9664 </li></ul>

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