SRI-RICE CENTER NEWS - 2015
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- Norman Uphoff's SRI FAQs Book Now Available on Amazon! December 21
The System of Rice Intensification: Responses to Frequently Asked Questions, a 222 page book (right), was published during December and is now available for purchase on Amazon.com for $41.33 (€38.33). The publication was authored by Norman Uphoff, the SRI-Rice senior advisor.
- SRI-Rice Team Facitates National Training in The Gambia, December 17
During December 14-16, Erika Styger and Devon Jenkins conducted a national training of SRI trainers in The Gambia. They also visited farmers, and made related support visits to the Ministry of Agriculture, the Peace Corps, and the WAAPP Office in The Gambia December 10-13.
- November SRI Newsletter and Website Additions Available, December 15
Our SRI-Rice Selected News Updates for November (on ScoopIt) as well as the November additions are now available. November statistics are as follows: 4,418 unique visitors from 106 countries logged 5,759 sessions in which 11,332 pages were viewed. Our primary Facebook page now has 1,780 "likes," the SRI Equipment Innovators Exchange has 260 members (4 new) and our primary YouTube channel, which now has 201 total followers, had 1,302 new views (57,752 for past 5 years) for our 65 uploads (2,019) views of our 27 playlists. The twitter account has 35 new followers this month (1,301 total followers). Slideshare had 11,860 views of our 44 uploads; 192 followers. There are 796 items in our Zotero research database.
- SRI-Rice Team Facitates Regional Workshop in Senegal, December 8
Erika Styger and Devon Jenkins facilitated a regional workshop together with Gaoussou Traore, CNS-Riz Director, in Dakar, Senegal, December 7-8 for the SRI-WAAPP project in West Africa.
- Lotus Food Matches Donations for SRI-Rice's "Giving Tuesday" Fund-Raising Campaign, December 1
Lotus Foods matched the first $500 of the SRI-Rice year-end giving fundraiser on the one-day "Giving Tuesday" follows black Friday that is intended to spur year-end donations to non-profit organizations. Our donation page reflects our campaign message of six reasons to giv e to SRI-Rice.
- October SRI Newsletter and Website Additions Available, November 15
Our SRI-Rice Selected News Updates for October (on ScoopIt) as well as the October additions are now available. October statistics are as follows: 3,972 unique visitors from 102 countries logged 5,143 sessions in which 9,386 pages were viewed. Our primary Facebook page now has 1,736 "likes," the SRI Equipment Innovators Exchange has 256 members (4 new) and our primary YouTube channel, which now has 192 total followers, had 1,220 new views (56,484 for past 5 years) for our 65 uploads 2,352 views of our 27 playlists. The twitter account has 33 new followers this month (1,264 total followers). There are 776 items in our Zotero research database.
Cornell Board of Trustees Chair Notes Importance of SRI and CU's Role in Providing Global SRI Leadership
The chair of the Cornell University board of trustees, Bob Harrison (right), in his speech just before the new Cornell President’s State of the University address, mentioned SRI as the first out of four examples on Cornell’s leading role in fighting global poverty. The SRI mention is at minute 9:50-10:25 in the Cornell 2015 Joint Annual Meeting and State of the University Address video. The SRI-Rice associate director briefly met with Mr. Harrison following the event.
- SRI-Rice Joins Panel on Small Farmer Empowerment, Resilience and Crop Intensification at the World Food Prize in Iowa, October 16
SRI-Rice was represented by Norman Uphoff at the The Norman E. Borlaug International Symposium (The Borlaug Dialogue) in which the World Food Prize is announced, in Des Moines, Iowa, October 14-16, 2015. On October 14, Uphoff joined an evening panel arranged by Oxfam on Small farmer empowerment, resilience: The potential and reality of crop intensification. The panel was moderated by Danielle Nierenberg (Food Tank), also included, Caryl Levine (Lotus Foods), and Vara Prasad (Feed the Future Sustainable Intensification Innovation Lab, Kansas State University). Norman and Marguerite Uphoff also helped to staff the table on SRI/SCI that Oxfam America sponsored at the World Food Prize events on October 15 and 16. The WFP this year was given to Sir Fazle Abed, founder and director of BRAC in Bangladesh, who was one off the first persons in Bangladesh to take an interest in SRI.
- Norman Uphoff Presents Progress with the System of Tef Intensification at Global Food Security Conference, October 13
SRI-Rice's senior advisor delivered an oral presentation and a poster on the System of Tef Intensification in Ethiopia and SCI in general on October 13 at the 2nd International Conference on Global Food Security held in Ithaca, NY, October 11-14, 2015. The presentation, which was co-authored by Tareke Berhe, Ayele G. Ayetenfisu, and Zewdie Gebretsadik, was entitled The System of Tef Intensification: Opportunities for greater food security in Ethiopia and elsewhere through modifications in crop management.
- September SRI Newsletter and Website Additions Available, October 15
Our SRI-Rice Selected News Updates for September (on ScoopIt) as well as the September additions are now available. September statistics are as follows: 3,852 unique visitors from 100 countries logged 4,872 sessions in which 9,387 pages were viewed. Our primary Facebook page now has 1,708 "likes," the SRI Equipment Innovators Exchange has 251 members (38 new) and our primary YouTube channel, which now has 189 total followers, had 1,226 new views (55,111 for past 5 years) for our 65 uploads (1,353) views of our 27 playlists. The twitter account has 24 new followers this month (1,231 total followers). There are 776 items in our new Zotero research database.
- Devon Jenkins Shares Information on Using GIS for SRI Information in West Africa, October 13
Devon Jenkins made a presentation entitled Improving Agricultural Innovation in West Africa with GIS and Mobile Data Collection on October 13 at the Cornell Geospatial Forum, held in Martha Van Rensselaer Hall G71 on the Cornell campus. The presentation covered his work using ArcGIS and mobile data collection for SRI sites in the 13 West African countries included in the SRI-WAAPP project.
- Abha Mishra Presents Seminar on SRI Project in the Lower Mekong River Basin, October 12
Abha Mishra, team leader for the EU-funded project on Sustaining and Enhancing the Momentum for Innovation and Learning around the SRI in the Lower Mekong River Basin (SRI-LMB) gave a SRI-Rice-sponsored talk on October 12 entitled Farmer Adaptation of System of Rice Intensification (SRI) Methods in the Lower Mekong Basin Region (see PowerPoint). Dr. Mishra will also present at the 2nd International Conference on Global Food Security held in Ithaca, NY, on October 14, 2015.
SRI-WAAPP/SRI-Rice Presents West Africa SRI Experience at Cornell and in Washington D.C., September 15-18
Gaoussou Traoré, head of the National Center of Specialization (NCOS) on rice in Mali and Director of Research and Scientific Coordinator Institut d’Economie Rurale in Bamako, visited the USA during September in conjunction with the Scaling Up SRI in West Africa Project, for which SRI-Rice provides technical expertise. Together with Erika Styger, he gave several presentations on this 3-year project, which is an undertaking of the World Bank-sponsored West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP).
1) Sept. 15: a SRI-Rice-sponsored seminar at Cornell University entitled Developing and Scaling up the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in West Africa: A Success Story (see PowerPoint presentation).
2) Sept. 17: a presentation on the SRI-WAAPP experience hosted by the Agriculture Global Practice and the Sustainable Agriculture Systems, Knowledge, and Institutions (SASKI) Thematic Group at the World Bank in Washington D.C.
3) Sept. 18, a presentation at Oxfam's Washington D.C. office entitled "Scaling the System of Rice Intensification in West Africa: Opportunities, Challenges and Lessons Learned."
- Conservation Agriculture Research Update Now Available, September 10
The Cornell Conservation Agriculture group which partners with SRI-Rice for online communications, has released the latest CA Research Highlights for August. The news update is available directly through ScoopIt or through the CA website.
Rena Pérez Presents the SRI/SSI Experience in Cuba at Cornell, September 9
Rena Pérez, who was visiting Cornell from Cuba, presented a talk on SRI and its Adaptation to Sugarcane in Cuba on September 9. (Click on flyer at right for details; see also PowerPoint presentation.) She was accompanied by her family who came to Ithaca to celebrate her 80th birthday at Cornell, from which she graduated in 1954.
- August SRI Newsletter and Website Additions Available, September 15
Our SRI-Rice Selected News Updates for August (on ScoopIt) as well as the August additions are now available. During August 2015, 3,924 unique visitors (4,048 last month) from 100 countries (90 last month) viewed 9,311 pages (10,222 last month) on the SRI website. Total Facebook all-time likes 1,670 (36 new this month). Twitter followers: 1,107 (26 new this month). Total YouTube views: 54,028 all-time (1,283 new this month). Slideshare: 7,801 views this month (495,364 total for past 5 years), 436 slideshows/posters uploaded and 183 subscribers. There are 759 items in our Zotero research database. We now have 213 (12 new) members of the SRI Equipment Exchange as of the end of August!
- SRI Interviews Added to the SRI-Rice Interview Collection, September 10
While at the SE Asia SRI Conference in Malaysia, Erika Styger interviewed several of the participants for the SRI-Rice Interview Collection. Bethany uploaded videos of Hoang Van Phu from Vietnam, Sanjeewanie Ginigaddara from Sri Lanka, Budi Setiawan from Indonesia, and Wan Mohtar Wan Yusoff from Malaysia. The entire playlist is on our SRI-Rice YouTube channel.
- New Additions to the SRI-Rice Team Arrive with the Fall Semester, September 3
SRI-Rice welcomed new and returning students to the SRI-Rice family during early September. Our research curation project now includes Nina Lin, a freshman who will work with the database entry, Kevin Sim, an international agriculture senior who will curate Indonesian research, and Sean Finnerty, who has returned from Ethiopia to manage the research intake process. Social media and website assistance will be provided by Bethany Boyer-Rechlin, a new MPS student in the International Agriculture Program, and Kevin Sim.
- SRI-Rice Technical Specialist Leads Training in Data Collection for SRI-WAAPP, August 3
Devon Jenkins traveled to Dakar, Senegal, to facilitate a regional technical workshop on ArcGIS and mobile data collection for participants from the 13 West African countries included in the SRI-WAAPP project. The event, which will be held August 3-6, 2015, will include national facilitators, M&E officers, and SRI champions associated with SRI-WAAPP.
- Joint SRI Global/SRI-Rice News Media Analysis Project Concludes, August 1
Nolan Edmondson (right), intern with both the NGO SRI Global and SRI-Rice, completed his project on SRI news material published on the internet between 2012 and 2015. He presented his findings at Cornell University at 3PM on July 30. The media analysis project helped our organizations to refine our strategy for reaching our various audiences with timely and relevant SRI content and to identify journalists and online publications with a strong interest in sharing SRI information.
- M. V. Ashok Presents Seminar on NABARD's SRI Experience in Jharkhand, July 30
M. V. Ashok, Chief General Manager, Department of Economic Analysis & Research at the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) in Mumbai, India,gave a seminar on the NABARD's SRI Experience in Jharkhand State, India, at 5PM on in B75 Mann Library on the Cornell University Campus. Ashok was at Cornell during July as a participant in the Food and Agri Business Management Program. (See PowerPoint presentation.)
Nguyen Nghia Presents Seminar on Azolla-Rice-Duck-Fish Farming Systems with SRI Methods for the Mekong River Region
Dr. Nguyen Nghia, who was visiting SRI-Rice from Cantho University, Vietnam, gave a talk entitled "Development of integrated Azolla-rice-duck-fish farming systems with SRI methods for rice production in the Mekong River region" on Wednesday, July 1, at 1:00PM in Mann Library on the Cornell campus. (See PowerPoint presentation.) He also met with the SRI-Rice team on July 1-2 regarding his upcoming SRI projects that are funded by the Toyota Foundation.
- June SRI Newsletter and Website Additions Available, July 15
Our SRI-Rice Selected News Updates for June (on ScoopIt) as well as the June additions are now available. During the June 2015, 5,180 unique visitors (4,805 last month) from 97 countries (102 last month) viewed 9,469 pages (10,805 last month) on the SRI website. Total Facebook all-time likes 1,635 (36 new this month). Twitter followers: 1,142 (26 new this month). Total YouTube views: 51,565 all-time (1,262 new this month). Slideshare: 6,748 views this month (480,191 total for past 5 years), 432 slideshows/posters uploaded and 170 subscribers. There are 643 items in our Refworks research database. We now have 199 (7 new) members of the SRI Equipment Exchange as of the end of June!
- SRI-Rice Says Farewell to Students and Welcomes New Summer Team Members, June 10
Jeevan Gyawali (right), who worked with SRI-Rice communications strategies, graduated from Cornell in May and has accepted a job with GE in Texas. We wish him well!. John Lowry, who also worked with SRI-Rice communications efforts, is working with development projects in Maharashtra, India, for the summer. Nolan Edmondson has joined us for June and July as an intern for the joint SRI Global / SRI-Rice Media Analysis and Strategies Project. Prabhat Gautam will be spending the summer providing database support for the SRI Global Research Network.
- SRI-Rice Facilitates SRI M&E Workshop In Benin, June 5
A regional SRI workshop on the monitoring and evaluation system of the SRI WAAPP project was held in Cotonou, Benin May 30-June 5, 2015, in Cotonou, Benin. The CNS-Riz/WAAPP-sponsored workshop, was facilitated by Erika Styger and Devon Jenkins, who provided follow-up and updating of the project's monitoring and evaluation system, introduced of online data collection tools and provided training on the use of ArcGIS.
- SRI-Rice Sponsors K. N. Bhatt's Presentation at Cornell on the the System of Finger Millet Intensification (SFMI), June 5
K. N. Bhatt, Associate Professor in G. B. Pant University in U. P., India, presented an SRI-Rice-sponsored seminar at Cornell University on June 5. His talk, entitled Finger Millet for Nutrition, Health and Ecological Security: Increasing productivity through "SFMI" was held 12:00-1:00 PM in 100 Mann Library. (See PowerPoint presentation.)
- SRI-Rice Director of Programs gives talk at the Regional Review of the SRI Lower Mekong Basin Project in Cambodia, June 2-3
Erika Styger travels to Siem Reap, Cambodia, to attend the Regional Review and Planning Workshop (year 2015) for the project on Sustaining and Enhancing the Momentum for Innovation and Learning around the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in the Lower Mekong River Basin (SRI-LMB). Her presentation is entitled Improving and Scaling Up SRI in West Africa: Insights from a regional, 13-country project.
- SRI-Rice Co-sponsors SE Asia Regional Conference on SRI in Malaysia, May 25
SRI-Rice is sponsoring fourteen participants to the Southeast Asia Regional Conference on SRI to be held in Alor Setar, Malaysia, on May 25-28, 2015. The sponsored participants are from Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, USA and Vietnam. Erika Styger will give the keynote address at the event and Lucy Fisher will join the forum "Positioning SRI in the Context of Sustainable Development" as a panelist. SRI-Rice will also sponsor side events for 1) Asian participants in the Arsenic Project, 2) the SRI Global Research Network and 3) for representatives of the SRI national networks in SE Asia.
- IP/CALS Celebrates Norman's Uphoff's Achievements Leading to the Olam Prize for Food Security, May 6
Members of the Cornell Community were urged to "think global, celebrate local" at an event hosted by International Programs / CALS to recognize Norman Uphoff''s tireless work with SRI that led to the Olam International Prize for Innovation in Food Security. Uphoff accepted the award on behalf of SRI International Network and Resources Center (SRI-Rice) on March 16 at the Global Science Conference for Climate-Smart Agriculture in Montpellier, France. He is shown at right with Ronnie Coffman, the International Programs / CALS director at Cornell.
- SRI-Rice Communications Director Presents Online Experiences of SRI and Conservation Agriculture
Lucy Fisher made a presentation about the Cornell's SRI and Conservation Agriculture websites, social media, and associated research databases at the Agriculture Network Information Collaborative (AgNIC) Annual Conference, held May 6-7, 2015, at the National Agriculture Library in Beltsville, Maryland. The SRI and Conservation Agriculture websites that are maintained by SRI-Rice are both recognized at AgNIC partner sites.
- SRI-Rice Sponsors Sekhar Bhadsavle's Presentation at Cornell on the Saguna Rice Technique, May 5
Sekhar Bhadsavle, who has been working on a new method of raised bed rice cultivation in India, presented a SRI-rice-sponsored seminar at Cornell University on May 5. His talk, entitled, Growing No-Till Rice with SRI: Increasing Productivity with the Saguna Rice Technique was held 4:00-5:00 PM in 135 Emerson. (See presentation).
- SRI-Rice Director of Programs Presents at CNS-Riz/WAAPP Workshop in Mali, April 29
Erika Styger gave a talk entitled "Présentation du Centre SRI-Rice de l’Université Cornell et Perspectives de Collaboration" at the Regional Planning Workshop of the National Center of Specialization of Rice (CNS-Riz): West Africa Agricultural Productivity Productivity Program, held April 27-30, 2015, at CICB, Bamako, Mali. She is shown at left with the Minister of Rural Development of Mali, Dr. Bokary Treta, who was also attending the event.
- Dr. Kan Chun-E to Present Seminar on SRI in Taiwan, April 16
Kan Chun-E Kan, a professor at National Taiwan University, presented a SRI-rice-sponsored seminar at Cornell University on April 16. His talk, entitled, The System of Rice Intensification in Taiwan: Adapting SRI to Existing Farming Systems and Making Links with the Private Sector, was held 4:00-5:00 PM on April 16 in 100 Mann Library. Dr. Kan, who is visiting Cornell during April, described a conceptual framework of SRI collaboration for large-scale paddy farming in Taiwan.
- Norman Uphoff Wins the Clifton Wharton, Jr., Emerging Markets Award, April 15
SRI-Rice Senior Advisor Norman Uphoff won the 2015 Clifton Wharton, Jr., Emerging Markets Award on April 15 in a ceremony in 401 Warren Hall on the Cornell University campus. The award was presented by Ralph Christy, current director of CIIFAD, following the CIIFAD International Symposium Panel on Inclusive Value Chains and Economic Progress and the Student Multidisciplinary Applied Research Teams (SMART) Poster-Paper Session. The Wharton award was created in 2007 to honor the outstanding work of Dr. Clifton R. Wharton, Jr., in the areas of Philanthropy, higher education, business and public policy. Two previous award winners, Dr. Maldan Nesheim and Dr. Robert Herdt, were on hand for the ceremony.
- Norman Uphoff's SRI-Related Publications Now Online, April 13
- SRI-Rice Seminar by John Duxbury Exploring Arsenic Issues in Rice that Affect Producers, Marketers and Consumers, April 10
SRI-Rice co-sponsored a talk by John Duxbury entitled Arsenic in Rice - From Field to Fork on Friday, April 10, 12:20-1:10 pm, in 102 Mann Library. Duxbury, a professor emeritus at Cornell, is among the leading scientists in the investigation of arsenic in rice - from its effects on rice plants in the field and how to measure it to national and international standards and consumer protection. SRI-Rice is currently involved in a multi-country project to verify that SRI methods can indeed reduce arsenic in rice. (See video of the presentation.)
- Uphoff to Give Keynote Address at National Consultation on "SRI for Increased Productivity and Ecological Security" in Allahabad, India, April 6
The SRI-Rice Senior Advisor presented a video keynote address to the National Consultation on "System of Rice Intensification for Increased Productivity and Ecological Security," which was held April 6-7, 2015 at the Govind Ballabh Pant Social Science Institute in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India.
- SRI-Rice Advisor Co-Authors Journal Articles on SRI in Central China and Taiwan, March 21
Two articles on SRI in Taiwan and Central China were published in early online editions during March 2015. Wei Wu, Jianliang Huang, Farooq Shah, and Norman Uphoff authored the article Evaluation of System of Rice Intensification methods applied in the double rice-cropping system in Central China, which was published in Advances in Agronomy on March 20 (hard copy in press). A second article by Yu-Chuan Chang, Norman T. Uphoff, and Eiji Yamaji, entitled A conceptual framework for eco-friendly paddy farming in Taiwan, based on experimentation with System of Rice Intensification (SRI) methodology, was published in Paddy and Water Environment.
- Norman Uphoff Accepts Olam Prize for Innovation in Food Security on behalf of SRI and SRI-Rice, March 16
SRI-Rice won the Olam Prize for Innovation in Food Security in a ceremony on March 16 at the Global Science Conference for Climate-Smart Agriculture in Montpellier, France. The award, which was accepted by Norman Uphoff, was created in partnership with Agropolis Fondation and is one of four initiatives launched to mark Olam’s 25th anniversary. The award recognizes achievement for innovation that carries a significant impact on the availability, affordability and accessibility or adequacy of food. [See Olam press release and article in the Cornell Chronicle for details.]
- New Two-Wheel Tractor Newsletter Available on the Conservation Agriculture Website, March 14
SRI-Rice maintains the Conservation Agriculture Research and Resources website in collaboration with the CU Conservation Agriculture Group at Cornell. In addition to curating news, extension material and a research database with material in five languages, the website uploads and maintains back issues of Jeff Esdaile's Two-Wheel Tractor Newsletter. For those of you who are interested in smallholder agriculture, don't miss the March edition that just went up!
- SRI-Rice Advisor Makes Presentation at Climate-Smart Agriculture Conference in Montpelier, France, March 17
Norman Uphoff presented "A review of contributions that the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) can make" at the Third Global Science Conference on Climate - Smart Agriculture (CSA), was held in Montpellier, France, March 16-18, 2015.
- Cornell Gift Fund Now Accessible through the SRI-Rice website!
Those who would like to get involved with SRI-Rice can now show their support by donating through our new gift fund administered through Cornell University. More information on how to donate is available on our donation page. It's easy! A new blue button (right) on our home page will lead you to more information on how to help support SRI-Rice outreach, research and information resources.
- February SRI Newsletter and Website Additions Available, March 14
Our SRI-Rice Selected News Updates for February (on ScoopIt) as well as the February additions are now available. During the February 2015, 3,956 unique visitors from 90 countries viewed 9,980 pages on the SRI website. Total Facebook views: 1,191 with 1,537 all-time likes. Twitter followers: 1,028. Total YouTube views: 46,180 (1,146 new this month). Slideshare: 426 slideshow and poster presentations uploaded and 159 subscribers. There are 676 items in our Refworks research database. (These also appear in the Mendeley SRI Research Network site.) We now have 163 (7 new) members of the SRI Equipment Exchange as of the end of February!
- SRI-Rice Video-Conference with Costa Rican Ministry of Agriculture, INTA and the Rice Corporation (CONARROZ), March 12
On March 12, Erika Styger and Norman Uphoff participated in a two-hour video-conference with the Minister of Agriculture Luis Felipe Arauz Cavallini and twelve members of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), along with representatives from the Institute for Innovation and Transfer of Agricultural Technology, (INTA) and the Rice Corporation (CONARROZ). SRI-Rice made a presentation about SRI and answered questions from the participants.
- SRI Support Trip to Senegal, West Africa, February 26-March 9
As part of the 13-country SRI-WAAPP project, SRI-Rice conducts periodic support trips to participating countries and provide technical assistance as requested by the host countries. Devon Jenkins traveled to Senegal and co-facilitated two SRI trainings of trainers for ANCAR agents and local NGO staff in the Casamance and the southern Peanut Basin (which is also the target zone for SRI-WAAPP project activities in Senegal), visited with staff and farmers working with PRODAM on a large SRI project in the Matam area (right), and met with UCTF/WAAPP, Peace Corps, ANCAR and IED Afrique in Dakar. Devon was accompanied by the SRI-WAAPP National Facilitator Abdoulaye Sy (ANCAR) and UCTF/WAAPP Senegal's Technical Expert Mour Guèye.
- SRI /SCI Among Two Finalists Selected for Olam Prize for Innovation in Food Security, February 27
According to a press release from Olam International, SRI /SCI is one of two finalists for the inaugural Olam Prize for Innovation in Food Security. The award, in partnership with Agropolis Fondation, is one of four initiatives launched to mark Olam’s 25th anniversary. The finalists have been recognized for their innovation which carries a significant impact on the availability, affordability and accessibility or adequacy of food. The winner will be announced on March 16 at the Global Science Conference for Climate-Smart Agriculture in Montpellier, France. An article on the Farming First website also provides details of the award and the finalists.
- National Training of Trainers Workshop on SRI in Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa, February 22-26
An SRI training of trainers workshop was organized by FIRCA/WAAPP from February 22-24 in Yamoussoukro, Côte d’Ivoire, regrouping more than 60 participants, extension staff and farmers from all over the country. The trainers included Alphonse Bouet from CNRA and a team from the regional coordination unit, Minamba Bagayoko from CNS-Riz Mali, as well as Erika Styger and Devon Jenkins from SRI-Rice.
- Regional SRI Workshop in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, February 16-19 2015
This four-day workshop brought together over 60 participants from all 13 countries that are part of the West Africa Agriculture Productivity Program (WAAPP) to discuss the progress with SRI in 2014 and to plan country and regional activities for 2015 under the 3-year project "Improving and Scaling up SRI in West Africa," for which SRI-Rice provides technical support and advice. Erika Styger and Devon Jenkins were part of the co-organizers with CNS-Riz from Mali and the FIRCA/WAAPP from Côte d’Ivoire. Devon has prepared a map for SRI-WAAPP of the current SRI trials and training sites in West Africa (Click on map at right to see details).
- SRI-Rice Social Media Statistics Pass the 1,000 Mark
/ January Newsletter Available, February 17
The SRI-Rice Twitter surpassed 1,000 followers and our SRI-Rice Facebook page has passed the 1,500 mark for "likes" this month. Thanks to all who are interested in keeping up with SRI by reading our tweets and reading our posts! Our SRI-Rice Selected News Updates for January (on ScoopIt) as well as the January additions are now available. During the first month of 2015, 3,896 unique visitors from 85 countries viewed 9,526 pages on the SRI-Rice website.
- SRI Arsenic Project Holds Workshop for Global Participants in the Philippines, February 15
An SRI and Arsenic in Rice Workshop was held at the Central Bicol State University of Agriculture, Naga, Philippines, on February 13-15, 2015, to prepare research collaborators from six countries for the upcoming research on arsenic in rice led by SRI-Rice and scientists from several departments at Cornell University. Photos of the event are available on the SRI-Mas website. The project, entitled "Reducing Inorganic Arsenic Levels in Rice by Appropriate Water Management," is a collaboration between Cornell scientists and researchers in Indonesia, Malaysia, Mali, Nepal, Philippines, and Sri Lanka, who will test reduced water-use practices associated with SRI in order to determine whether arsenic can be reduced in rice across a range of soils, while maintaining yields.
Citizen Science 2015 – Inaugural Conference in San Jose, California, February 11-12
Erika Styger and Devon Jenkins participated in CITIZEN SCIENCE 2015, the inaugural conference of the Citizen Science Association, on Feb 11-12, in San Jose, California. More than 650 people attended the conference from 25 countries. [..more on the event]
- Jean-Claude Balcet Joins SRI as a Visiting Scientist and Advisor, February 4
Dr. Jean-Claude Balcet, an agro-economist and Africa specialist currently working with the World Bank, has joined SRI-Rice as a Visiting Scientist and Advisor for the project Improving and Scaling up SRI in West Africa.
- December SRI Highlights and SRI-Rice Website Additions Now Available, January 15
Our SRI-Rice Selected News Updates for December (on ScoopIt) are now available. The December additions to our website are also ready, so you can find what's new on SRI-Rice online since last time you checked in! Some of the SRI-Rice statistics for December 2014 are as follows: 3,838 unique visitors (3,851 last month) from 92 countries (95 last month) viewed 9,002 pages (10,386 last month) on the SRI website. Total Facebook views: 2,083 (1,917 last month) with 1,473 all-time likes (53 new this month). Twitter followers: 973 (18 new this month).