Rice farmers can get better yields and more resilience to climate change
The method, the system of rice intensification (SRI), is different from traditional paddy growing, with permanently flooded rice fields. Traditionally, SRI builds on four principles: Early transplanting of the seedlings (1-2 weeks instead of 3-6), widely spaced plants to allow for regular mechanical weeding and reduce the competition for water, carefully controlled water management, and the […]
TANZANIA: Who benefits from climate-friendly agriculture? The marginal returns to a rainfed system of rice intensification in Tanzania
…technologies that raise farmers’ crop productivity while mitigating risk exposure are particularly valuable. This study assesses the impact of a variant of the system of rice intensification (SRI) on expected yields, yield variance (variability) and yield skewness (exposure to downside risk) in Tanzania. The appeal of the technology lies in its yield-enhancing potential, its low […]
TANZANIA: SUA researchers want new rice farming system to reach farmers
RESEARCHERS from the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) have challenged the ministry of agriculture to introduce the system of rice intensification (SRI) across the country to improve yields as well as farmers’ welfare.