A new Vietnam SRI Update is now available for download in PDF format. This update summarizes the current state of SRI in Vietnam, the achievements we’ve had thus far with SRI, and the challenges that lie ahead. We’ve also included two case studies, which provide a more detailed picture of the impact SRI is having… Read More Vietnam SRI Update
In addition to Vietnam and Cambodia, SRI is also starting to catch on in Laos as well. A Japanese NGO called Pro-Net 21 is working to promote SRI there, and they’ve recently been featured in the local press. Here are some pictures from the Pro-Net 21 website:
The successful uptake of SRI in Ha Tay has become international news! Please check out this article from the New Agriculturalist. Besides mentioning Vietnam, it also provides a nice overview of SRI and its successes so far.
Vietnam is a nation of small farmers, with average holdings of paddy land under 0.5 ha per household. Private land tenure only recently returned to rural Vietnam, with the dismantling of the collective farms in the 1980s and 1990s, and remains heavily restricted. Agricultural land is still technically owned by the state, and farmers receive… Read More Land Accumulation: Opportunity or Threat for Small Farmers in Vietnam?
Here’s another interesting item, this time from GRAIN on hybrid rice in Vietnam: Vietnam: Farmers not benefiting from hybrid rice Posted: 08 April 2009 http://www.grain.org/hybridrice/?lid=217 A new study of farmer experiences with hybrid rice in Vietnam raises questions about the merits of the Vietnamese government’s support for hybrid rice. Tran Duc Vien and Nguyen Thi Duong Nga… Read More Report on Hybrid Rice in Vietnam
This year, one of the Vietnam SRI partners, the Centre for Sustainable Rural Development, is helping to coordinate the international Year of Rice Action (YORA), in conjunction with the Pesticide Action Network, Asia Pacific (PANAP). This global campaign is designed to raise awareness of threats to rice cultivation and rice livelihoods, such as genetic engineering,… Read More Year of Rice Action (YORA)
SRI was recently featured in a report on National Public Radio in the US. You read the report here or download the audio here. Here’s a brief excerpt: “Advocates in rural India believe the solution is to make farmers more self-reliant, by using free, low-tech solutions, like organic farming and something called SRI, a System… Read More SRI in the News: Growing Rice Debt Free