Farmer Innovations Improving the System of Rice Intensification (SRI)

  • Norman Uphoff


The System of Rice Intensification (SRI), assembled in Madagascar over a 20-year period and gaining application
internationally since 2000, enables farmers to raise their irrigated rice production substantially just by making changes in the
way they manage their plants, soil, water and nutrients, rather than by increasing inputs such as fertilizer, water or
agrochemicals. Getting more output with less cost enhances profitability. This result is quite unprecedented, as discussed in
paper accompanying this one. SRI is not considered by its proponents as a technology; and by not presenting it to farmers as
a set technology, this opens SRI up to many adaptations and innovations by farmer-users, who often but not always are
collaborating with NGO or government staff in a collaborative manner. This paper reports on a number of the innovations that
have been made in SRI practices, demonstrating bothfarmer capabilities and the advantages of engagingfarmers as partners
in an ongoing process of participatory development. The companion paper which considers SRI as a system for innovation
offers a more 'macro' view of SRI spread that complements this more 'micro' perspective.


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Author Biography

Norman Uphoff
Jurnal Tanah dan Lingkungan, dengan ISSN 1410-7333 diterbitkan dua kali setahun yaitu pada bulan April dan Oktober oleh Departemen Ilmu Tanah dan Sumberdaya Lahan (nama baru dari Departemen Tanah), Fakultas Pertanian, Institut Pertanian Bogor. Jurnal Tanah dan Lingkungan menyajikan artikel mengenai hasil penelitian dan ulasan tentang perkembangan mutakhir dalam bidang ilmu tanah, air dan ilmu lingkungan sebagai bahan kajian utama. Setiap naskah yang dikirim ke Jurnal Tanah dan Lingkungan, akan ditelaah oleh penelaah (reviewer) yang sesuai dengan bidangnya. Nama penelaah dicantumkan pada terbitan No. 2 dari setiap volume
How to Cite
UphoffN. (2007). Farmer Innovations Improving the System of Rice Intensification (SRI). Jurnal Ilmu Tanah Dan Lingkungan, 9(2), 45-56.