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1826 - SRI en las Americas - The Latin America SRI Network


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Author: Diddier Moreira and Kelly Witkowski
Title: SRI en las Americas - The Latin America SRI Network
Event: Workshop to Enhance Cooperation and Sharing among SRI National Networks in Asia
Date: October 18-19, 2018
Location: The Leverage Business Hotel, Skudai, Malaysia

Published in: Environment
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1826 - SRI en las Americas - The Latin America SRI Network

  1. 1. SRI en las Americas The Latin American SRI Network October 2018 Kelly Witkowski (IICA), Diddier Moreira
  2. 2. SRI in LAC Rice produced in 26 countries; staple food; ~60% irrigated; direct seeding prominent; 1m. farmers • Early experiences: Cuba (2000) Peru (2002) • More adopters (~2007-08) Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama • 2011: Haiti and the Dominican Republic • 2015-2018: Venezuela, Argentina, Chile, Nicaragua, Suriname, Bolivia • Interest rapidly expanding - climate change presents an opportunity • Primary challenges include large scale, cost of labor
  3. 3. - Rena Perez (Cuba) as informal coordinator - support from SRI-Rice, Cornell - SICA-America Latina, a Spanish language Google est. 2009 - Part time regional coordinator hired (supported by Earth Links) to work on social media and promote dialogue - 1st regional workshop 2011 (SRI-Rice and Earth University) - Leadership from IICA - Intensification of activities and increase in number of countries involved -2nd regional workshop in 2017 ??? (focus on consolidation and continuity) 2002-2010 Est. ~2002 2011-2014 2014-2018 • Informal membership and coordination • Capitalizes on existing resources and efforts 2019-->
  4. 4. Activities • Communication • Facebook page, google group, WhatsApp, email • Disseminating tools and information • Producing manuals, videos, posters, radio shows, fact sheets, etc. • Translating existing resources • Training (farmers, technicians, students) • Technical backstopping • S-S exchange • Bi-national, regional • Webinars • Database/website (in progress) • Proposal development
  5. 5. Successes • Awareness raising and generating interest in many countries • Demonstration or validation activities • Generation of tools to facilitate use of SRI (data collection sheets, manuals, etc.) • Identification of interests, entry points and necessary next steps • Partnerships (eg: with SRI-Rice) Challenges • Continuity • Financial resources (no sustained core funding) • In-person exchange necessary! • Active participation within group (not just with coordinating institution) • Monitoring actions and evaluating impact • Scaling up and out • 2 languages
  6. 6. An Asia-wide alliance: potential benefits and contributions • Exchange – both in person and virtual • GHG monitoring, water use efficiency, mechanization, data collection and evaluation, other in field innovations, • Machinery – sourcing and adjusting • transplanters, direct seeders, weeders • Joint research (eg: modelling and impact evaluation) • Data collection and evaluation to strengthen evidence base • Collaboration on funding proposals (S-S cooperation)
  7. 7. Next steps • Proposals! • Secure institutional commitment and a multi-year funding source to sustain basic operational activities • Develop more formal terms of reference and action plan; secure active members to serve as core • Hire a coordinator to expand actions and enhance participation • Hold a third regional workshop and support additional S-S cooperation • Continue to maintain facebook page, increase awareness, connect actors, and promote exchange and learning with other regions