Do crop intensification techniques hold the key to food security?

Rice farmers in north IndiaBy Caspar van Vark
The Guardian – Yields achieved under the system of rice intensification (SRI) have made headlines in recent years, with one farmer in India reported to have produced a record-breaking 22.4 tonnes from one hectare of land in 2011. But why stop at rice? Farmers and NGOs have found that the same principles can be applied to other crops such as wheat and teff, where it is referred to more broadly as the system of crop intensification (SCI).

SRI is based on improved planting and growing techniques, rather than improved seed varieties and other inputs. It aims to produce more from less, using fewer seeds and less water, but carefully managing the relationship between the plant and soil. This low-input approach – and the results it can achieve – have made it popular among resource-limited farmers…. >>Continue Reading<<

Source and Photo: The Guardian, 9th September, 2013
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