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1703 - Global, Regional and National SRI Networks


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Presentation by: Lucy Fisher
Date: April 25, 2017
Venue: Hanoi, Vietnam (Hilton Garden Inn)
Presentation at: the Regional Review and Planning Workshop on Sustaining and Enhancing the Momentum from Innovation and around the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in the Lower Mekong Rive Basic (SRI-LMB) April 23-25, 2017, Hanoi, Vietnam

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1703 - Global, Regional and National SRI Networks

  1. 1. Global, Regional and National SRI Networks Lucy Fisher SRI International Network and Resource Center (SRI-Rice) IP/CALS Cornell University Ithaca, New York Regional Review and Planning Workshop Sustaining and Enhancing the Momentum from Innovation and around the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in the Lower Mekong Rive Basic (SRI-LMB) April 23-25, 2017
  2. 2. SRI AS AN “ECO-DIGITAL COMMONS” SRI is an eco-digital commons –an international network of thousands of farmers and other stakeholders practicing or supporting a form of “open-source agronomy” for rice cultivation. …It has been cited as an example of how open-source collaborations, when applied to agricultural challenges, “can yield practical, ecologically benign answers that often do not occur to commercial vendors and state authorities – perhaps because SRI is a commons-based system that is not profit-driven or hierarchically governed.” Bollier, David. 2016. New forms of network-based governance. News and Perspective on the Commons website. [Note: the commons is “land or resources belonging to or affecting the whole of a community”]
  3. 3. Progress of SRI Around the World SRI has been validated in ~60 countries in Asia, Africa, and the Americas
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  5. 5. Global and National SRI Networks GLOBAL Founded Based at Formal? Online? SRI Research Network 2016 Cornell University No Zotero/web SRI Equipment Forum 2012 Cornell University No Facebook NATIONAL Bangladesh (SRI NNB) 2006 Bangladesh Rice Foundation (originally) ? No Cambodia 2004 MAFF; SRI Secretariat moved to Dpt. Of Rice Crop Previously No India - National SRI Consortium 2007 Peoples Science Institute (NGO) No Google Group Indonesia (Ina-SRI) 2008 Institut Pertanian Bogor No Yahoo Group Japan (J-SRI) 2007 University of Tokyo Yes Website Malaysia (SRI-Mas) 2011 Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Yes Website/ facebook Nepal (SRI-Nepal) 2002/2015 Virtual No Facebook/twitter Philippines (SRI-Pilipinas) 2002 NGO (Virtual) ? Yahoo Group Sri Lanka 2008/2015 Rajarata University Yes No Taiwan (CA-SRI) 2016 Business (Caremed, Inc.) Yes Website Vietnam (SRI-Viet) 2015 Thai Nguyen University (Collective of 10 NGOs ) Yes No
  6. 6. SRI NATIONAL AND REGIONAL DISCUSSION GROUPS India (57%) Indonesia (24.54%) Philippines (11.04%) Latin America (4.91%) Nepal (1.23 %) Fisher, 2013 network study
  7. 7. NATIONAL SRI NETWORKS Several Examples
  8. 8. PHILIPPINES NATIONAL SRI NETWORK: SRI-Pilipinas How they operate: 1) Weekly radio show 2) Hotline advertised in local and national newspapers 3) One-day or season-long trainings on request (SMS module or in person) 4) Provide primer, videos, SMS-delivered provided on request 5) Listserv At least one contact in all 81 provinces. Of the 1,633 towns in the Philippines, 872 have at least one Hotline contact
  9. 9. JAPAN J-SRI Network J-SRI website  Founded 2007 at University of Tokyo  About 300 members; ~ 60 meet every other month  Most projects are in SE Asia
  10. 10. TAIWAN – Society of Conservation Agriculture – System of Rice Intensification (CA-SRI) The new website!  Founded: 2016  Based at: Caremed (medical equipment supply business)  Membership: ~60 people, convene: 2X/year  Projects: 2 field projects with 2 ha in 2016. 1 project with 13ha in 2017 Also published "稻作革命SRI (System of Rice Intensification)," the Chinese language version of Norman Uphoff's 2016 book SRI Frequently Asked Questions"
  11. 11. VIETNAM SRI-Viet Network  Coordinator of SRI-Viet Network– Assoc. Prof. Dr Hoang Van Phu Director, International Cooperation Center – Thai Nguyen University  Members of SRI-Viet Network: >20 organizations (~60 participants) from: Oxfam, SRD, SNV, ICC/Thai Nguyen University, FIDR, FCRI, CASRAD, PPD, 10+ Plant Protection Sub-Departments (PPSD), Institute for Agricultural Environment – IAE, Water Resource Directorate (WRD), Irrigation University (TLU), Vietnam National University of Agriculture - VNUA , Hue University of Agriculture and Forestry (HUAF), Ho Chi Minh University of Agriculture and Forestry (HCMUAF), Thai Nguyen University of Agriculture and Forestry (TUAF), Cuu Long Delta Rice Research Institute (CLRRI)  Activities of SRI-Viet this year (pending funding): - Conduct annual network member meetings - Assess the effect of SRI Rice/Potato Rotation Model); Thai Nguyen Province - Deploy SRI / expand SRI in some districts in Thai Nguyen Province
  13. 13. SRI EQUIPMENT INNOVATORS EXCHANGE (Facebook Group with 322 Members) 2014 Equipment Workshop Asian Institute of Technology
  14. 14. SYSTEM OF RICE INTENSIFICATION GLOBAL RESEARCH NETWORK There are now 1,081 items in our database: primarily journal articles, but also theses, monographs, book chapters Membership is free Members get free access to full text Coming soon: - research highlights - events and educational opportunities listings
  16. 16. Why do we need a Global SRI Research Network? to easily locate SRI research (1,000+ items) (journals articles, theses, etc.) to share new research with colleagues to gain access to expensive subscription articles to work out priorities / SRI research agenda to share/learn about better research methods avoid duplicating research to facilitate multi-country collaborations
  18. 18. Regional Networks (mixed results so far!)  Latin America - Started with listserv with Cuban leadership (internet connectivity very difficult though) - Latin America SRI workshop (Costa Rica, 2011) - listserv replaced by Facebook group run from Costa Rica (2013) - now facebook is primarily used by Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) regional SRI project (since 2015) (Dominican Republic, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador)  West Africa - Attempts to start a regional network in 2010 failed, and a second attempt in 2012 ceased when the regional SRI West Africa Agriculture Program (SRI-WAAPP) emerged (2014-16) - While the champion-based World Bank-funded SRI-WAAPP was very effective, workshop-based networking ceased when the project closed, leaving only a sparsely-used facebook group.  SE Asia - SE Asia regional network (based on national networks) was attempted (2015, Malaysia) - A WhatsApp group was formed for SE Asians from the national networks to get to know each other. However, the group drifted in Indonesian/Malay language and the other countries stopped participating…..
  19. 19. Some Observations on SRI Networks (I) Most long-term successful SRI Networks…….. are voluntary groups built around dedicated “SRI champions” and are cemented by friendships have a highly motivated person(s) or organization a that serves as a (usually unpaid!) central contact (and keeps the lights on when funds are scarce) welcome (and seek out) farmers and stakeholders from a variety of agencies, projects, and organizations that have a strong, shared interest in SRI that come together to share, learn and collaborate developed “organically” due to a perceived need coupled with enthusiasm by several people/groups
  20. 20. Some Observations on SRI Networks (II) If the network is part of a project, it may dissolve when the project (and funding) ends If a project absorbs a network, it may redirect its focus to project participants If network members do not successfully raise money, the network may go dormant (…however, there are activities that don’t cost anything and, keeping in contact does not cost much) Funders should not have too much influence over activities  There are many models for building sustainable networks. Most can work as long as it is facilitated rather than dominated… and it is inclusive rather than exclusive
  21. 21. VISIT US! SRI-Rice Website Facebook (English) Facebook (Spanish) Twitter SRI Highlights (monthly newsletter) Join the SRI Research Network: Join the SRI Equipment Innovators Forum