SCI: Planting with space

Content The principles that make up a System of Crop Intensification (SCI) are now spreading through the regions of Tigray and South Wollo for a range of crops. The use of finger millet seedlings has shown very positive results in the region of Tahtai Maichew, near Aksum, Ethiopia, as has the use of alternative management practices for a number of other crops.
Author ILEIA
Contributor AgriCultures Network, ILEIA
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country ETHIOPIA
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/sri/sci-planting-with-space

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Learning from farmers

Content It was an afternoon of 2002 when I first read about SRI. As an extension officer in the District Agriculture Development Office (DADO), I started promoting SRI in the following years in the district of Morang, Nepal.
Over this time I observed hundreds of attractive SRI fields and spent some years as a SRI activist. Looking at the results, I’ve learnt that different farmers face different problems, and that they adapt all techniques to suit their diverse circumstances and needs.

This article is also available in Spanish:
http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/latin-america/el-sica/aprendiendo-de-los-agricultores

Author ILEIA
Contributor AgriCultures Network, ILEIA
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country NEPAL
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/sri/learning-from-farmers

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Crazy? Not at all!

Content Although hardly enough to meet the national demand, rice yields in Peru are high, reflecting an apparently efficient production system. Working together with other farmers, and not always with the national research and extension system, farmers’ initiatives are showing that a much more efficient way is possible.
Author ILEIA
Contributor AgriCultures Network, ILEIA
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country PERU
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/sri/sri-in-peru

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Farming Matters

Content However we look at it, the System of Rice Intensification, or SRI, is a major success story. While researchers are still debating its relevance, more and more people are getting to know about it, and more and more farmers are harvesting the results.

From Madagascar to more than 50 countries, and from rice to other crops, the dissemination of SRI has been impressive. This is a fascinating case study of innovation from below, involving local authorities, “champions”, extension agents and millions of farmers.

Farming Matters is a 42 page full colour magazine about sustainable agriculture with experiences of family farmers around the world, news about agro-ecology and with more than 150.000 readers globally.

Author ILEIA
Contributor AgriCultures Network, ILEIA
Type of Initiative Report
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/sri

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Adoption and adaptation

Content Between 2004 and 2010, the Groupe de Recherche et d’Echanges Technologiques (GRET) supported the introduction and dissemination of SRI in Myanmar’s Northern Rakhine State, as part of a series of projects aiming at ensuring food security. Based on this initial experience GRET started to introduce the System of Rice Intensification in the Ayeyarwaddy Delta in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis. Working in a new setting and context, the overall results were different – but no less interesting.
Author ILEIA
Contributor AgriCultures Network, ILEIA
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country MYANMAR
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/sri/adoption-and-adaptation

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Dams and alpacas in the Peruvian Andes

Content In addition to severe losses in the mountain soil’s fertility, climate change is easily visible in the Peruvian Andes: the glaciers which feed all the rivers, and the snow on the mountaintops, are noticeably getting smaller, less and less water is flowing down into the valleys. The water harvesting approach is proving susccessful to cope with this problem and strenghthen local organizations.
Author Fernando Camiloaga Jiménez
Contributor AgriCultures Network
Year Published 2012
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country PERU
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/from-desertification-to-vibrant-communities/dams-and-alpacas

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Kaluchi Thakarwadi: Rejuvenated landscape, rejuvenated lives

Content Kaluchi Thakarwadi is a small, remote settlement in the district of Ahmednagar, in Maharashtra, in the semi-arid zone in the rain shadow of India’s western mountains. Rainfall is unreliable, so there is chronic water scarcity, with recurring shortages of food and fodder. Six years ago a broad watershed management programme was established, which has already had an enormous impact: a transformation from desert to a replenished watershed.
Author Watershed Organization Trust
Contributor AgriCultures Network
Year Published 2012
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country INDIA
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/from-desertification-to- vibrant-communities/kaluchi-thakarwadi-rejuvenated-landscape-rejuvenated-lives

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Teaming up to harness the Nile : can water users’ associations become effective?

Content In the Nile watershed, the home of ancient dynasties, 21st century farmers struggle to find better ways to irrigate their crops. Technical solutions help, but can farmers work together to improve their livelihoods in the long term? Research support from Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) provides some critical analysis. The document is also available in French and Arabic
Author IDRC
Contributor IDRC International Development Research Center
Year Published 2006
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country EGYPT
Link http://idl-bnc.idrc.ca/dspace/bitstream/10625/34646/1/126879.pdf

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Organic farming: the successful story of Mr. Chidumula Nkhata

Content Growing maize with use of manure alone.
Author The Development Fund
Contributor Development Fund
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country MALAWI
Link http://tinyurl.com/czpogxf

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Revolving Funds for Building Water Tanks in Northeastern Brazil

Content Revolving Funds represent an effective means to enable peasants families to build their own water tanks to collect rainwater from rooftops and store it during the dry season.
Author Fabrizio Cesaretti
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country BRAZIL
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/watertanks.html

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