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The SRI International Network and Resources Center (SRI-Rice) was established at Cornell University in 2010 in response to the increasing importance of the System of Rice Intensification (SRI), a climate-smart, yield-increasing methodology that is being utilized by more than 10 million smallholder farmers in over 55 countries (see map). SRI-Rice is housed at International Programs of Cornell's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

The use of the SRI methodology and its local adaptation to various rice systems, as well as other crops (Systerm of Crop Intensification, or SCI), is quickly spreading among resource-limited farmers in Asia, Africa and Latin America, improving yields, food security, farm-level income, while protecting the environment.

The widespread success at the farmers' level presents a great opportunity - and also challenge - to collect the knowledge and to make it available to other farmers, program developers, researchers and policy makers. SRI-Rice has set out on this path, striving to reach as many smallholder farmers as possible, enhancing the networking, promoting collaborative synergies and accelerating learning.

Our vision

To reduce hunger and extreme poverty by improving productivity of rice and other crops based on environment-friendly agricultural practices that preserve and improve the natural resource base and help to better withstand changing climate conditions.

Our mission

To advance and share knowledge about the System of Rice Intensification, to improve the technical implementation of the SRI methodology, and to support networking among interested organizations agencies, and individuals around the globe.

SRI-Rice's goals:

SRI-Rice's objectives:

SRI-Rice's core activities:

Knowledge Management and Sharing

SRI-Rice collects, organizes, stores and shares SRI knowledge resources received from partners around the world and from daily Internet searches. We share SRI knowledge via SRI-Rice Online, which is comprised of the SRI-Rice website, various social media, our newsletter, and research databases, as well as associated video, photo and presentation channels and web services. Our website contains the most up-to-date, comprehensive collection of SRI information worldwide. Additionally, we interact on a daily basis with partners and new acquaintances through personal outreach and respond to individual and specific requests. Personal outreach is also done through presentations at conferences and workshops; regional, national and local trainings; teaching; and provision of location-specific technical advice and backstopping.

Knowledge Generation and Research

We advance knowledge through our own analysis and research, and we advise partners either on their research activities or technical implementation with farmer-based field programs. We participate in scientific projects, such as a multi-country arsenic research study currently underway. We are also in the midst of developing a new "citizen-science-based" methodology of capturing data and information from SRI farmers while encouraging their active participation in technical innovation. This methodology is developed for the West African SRI scaling up project, with the goal to soon make it available to others around the world.

Technical Advice

With many years of direct experience working with farmers on technical innovations, the SRI-Rice team is active in providing technical advice and backstopping to field programs in several countries. The advice ranges from farmer-centered implementation approaches to agronomic techniques and practices. In the large 13-country three-year World Bank-funded scaling up project for West Africa, SRI-Rice provides technical leadership, including monitoring and evaluation, mapping, adaptation of production practices, and development of training materials.

Network Support and Development

An informal international SRI network has been developing since 2000. Since then, SRI has been recognized, supported and utilized by a growing number of NGOs, universities, farmer groups, government and research institutions, the private sector, and donor agencies. Several national SRI networks have sprung up - for instance in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Philippines, Nepal, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam - where members share information and develop strategies to coordinate SRI efforts. SRI-Rice follows these networks closely and provides input and support where appropriate. At the global level, SRI-Rice is facilitating the development of an international SRI research network, an SRI equipment innovators exchange network, and regional SRI networks in Latin America and West Africa.

Our Supporters

The Center has benefited from gifts and grants from Jim Carrey’s Better U Foundation, the Ohrstrom Foundation, the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (WECARD/CORAF), the Bridging Peace Fund, Marguerite and Norman Uphoff, the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, and various individual donors.
At SRI-Rice, we raise our own funds to support our projects, staff, and outreach activities. We welcome any contribution and participation to improve rice production for millions of smallholder rice farmers around the world through the SRI-Rice Gift Fund.

People at SRI-Rice

Erika Styger, Director of Programs Erika Styger › is the Director of Programs for SRI-Rice. She has a PhD in Crop and Soil Sciences from Cornell University and has over 20 years experience with research and development programs in Africa. She introduced SRI into four regions of Mali, adapting SRI principles to rainfed and lowland rice and wheat.

Lucy Fisher Director of CommunicationsLucy Fisher › is Director of Communications at SRI-Rice. She oversees knowledge management initiatives and liaison with SRI networks around the world. She developed and maintains the SRI-Rice (, Convervation Agriculture websites and related social media.

Devon JenkinsDevon Jenkins, › is a technical specialist with SRI-Rice assigned to the World Bank-sponsored project on "Improving and Scaling Up SRI in West Africa."

Norman Uphoff, Senior AdvisorNorman Uphoff › is the Senior Advisor for SRI-Rice. He is carrying on the networking, research and writing that he has been doing on behalf of SRI since 2000, helping to build up the International SRI Network and strengthen the knowledge base for SRI and its extension to other crops.

Jean Claude BalcetJean-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.

Sean FinnertySean Finnerty, › a senior in the International Agriculture and Rural Development Program at Cornell, does research intake for the SRI-Rice databases.

Kevin Sim, › a senior in the International Agriculture and Rural Development Program at Cornell, curates Indonesian SRI research and tracks SRI-Rice web statistics.

Nina Lin › an engineering undergraduate at Cornell, helps to manage the SRI-Rice research databases.

Hillary Mara, › a graduate student studying international development and agriculture at the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs, curates the SRI-Rice video library and historical archives.

Nick Reed-Krase, › a graduate student in the International Development Program at Cornell, works on internet-based outreach.

Previous students with SRI-Rice›
Bethany Boyer-Rechlin, Aravind Boddupali, Nolan Edmondson, Zhoucen Feng, Gene Fifer, Matt Fisher-Post, Prabhat Gautam, Jeevan Gyawali, Pratyaya Jagannath, Hannah Koski, Matt Koren, John Lowry, Xingyu Luo, Christine Ly, Sidney Madsen, Lorraine Perricone-Dazzo, Shipra Singh, Ellen Stapleton, Amy Uber and Carrie Young.

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The SRI International Network and Resources Center (SRI-Rice) is supported by
Ohrstrom Foundation, The Bridging Peace Fund, Marguerite and Norman Uphoff, and Jim Carrey's Better U Foundation
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