SRI is a climate-smart planting methodology developed in Madagascar in the early
1980s, from work initiated by a Jesuit priest, Fr. Henri de Laulanié.
It is now being practiced by over 5 million farmers in at least 50 countries.
SRI provides remarkable increases in yields, as it produces healthier plants that
grow a greater number of panicles with more and bigger grains.
The method is based on several principles. Plots are more carefully prepared. Very
young seedlings are transplanted singly, leaving space for root growth. Organic
fertilisation is encouraged and on irrigated plots, water usage is carefully controlled.
Seed usage is thus reduced from as much as 200 kg to 3 kg per hectare of land, a
vital consideration for smallholder farmers struggling to feed their families. Also
at a time of increasing water scarcity, the reduction of water consumption by an
average of 40% is a crucial factor.
Regarding global food security, SRI is now recognized by international development
professionals as a serious 'game changer'. As an indication of this is, in 2014
SRI was incorporated into the World Bank's multi-million dollar West African
Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP).
Following this success, the methodology is now being further developed for the
improved production of many other crops.
Flooded Cellar has collaborated with Cornell University's SRI-Rice Center since 2011
and productions from Madagascar, Rwanda, Burundi, Sierra Leone and Nepal are
viewable on our youtube channel
and the SRI-Rice Center website.
Since its foundation in 2010, Cornell University's SRI-Rice Center has acted as
the focal point for the development of SRI. In 2015 it was awarded the prestigious
Olam Prize for Innovation in Food Security.