- SRI to be Implemented in Three Provinces by Lower Mekong Basin Project
[June 29, 2014] Officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, United Nations Forestry and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) met in Thalad, Vientiane province, to discuss the implementation of a System of Rice Intensification (SRI) project in Vientiane, Khammuan and Savannakhet provinces in Laos. Jointly organized by the Department of Agricultural Extension and Cooperatives and the FAO, the workshop centered on the theme 'Sustaining and Enhancing the Momentum for Innovation and Learning around the System of Rice Intensification in the Lower Mekong Basin.'
The SRI project in Laos, which will target smallholders' fields in rain-fed areas, is part of a larger regional project that became operational in February 2014. Projects are also underway in Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam, all as part of the five-year regional project funded through a 3.4 million euro grant from the European Union being implemented by the Asian Institute of Technology. The project will develop farmer field schools and will stimulate participatory action research by farmers themselves. (For details, see article in the Vientiane Times for details.)
- Pro-Net 21 Enters Phase III of SRI Project in 5 Districts of Luang Prabang Province
[January 7, 2014] On January 3, 2014, representatives of Pro-net 21, a Japanese NGO, and the provincial Agriculture and Forestry Department signed an MOU for the 5-year Phase III of their ongoing SRI project in Luang Prabang Province. According to an article in the Vientiane Times, the project will focus on 12 village in 5 districts of the province and be implemented by the provincial Agriculture and Forestry Department, supported by Pro-net 21 and funded by the JICA Partnership Programme. The SRI extension project has been ongoing since 2007, with over 600 farmers in 21 villages in seven districts of Luang Prabang province continuously using SRI on 300 hectares in the wet season and 200 ha in the dry season.
- SRI Proposed for Asian
Development Bank to carry out the Northern Rural Infrastructure Sector
[September 10, 2013] The Faculty of Agriculture at the National University of Laos, the Institute of Rural Landscape, Japanese researchers and Lao agricultural officials from relevant government bodies met in Vientiane on September 9 to discuss the achievements of SRI that included three seasons of rice production data collected from one hectare at the Faculty of Agriculture. (Fourth season fields are not yet harvested.) The SRI research project, undertaken by the Faculty of Agriculture at the National University of Laos and Japan's Institute of Rural Landscape beginning in 2011, includes improved water and pumping systems, agri-meteorology equipment installation and improved rice cultivation. The Japanese Engineering Association of Survey Design for Rural Development (SDRED) assisted in the rehabilitation of an irrigation pump system Luang Prabang Province and formally handed it over during the event. Prior to beginning the project, SRI information from previous projects was collected from Nan and Pak-ou districts in Luang Prabang province to use as a reference. (See Vientiane Times article and seminar agenda for details.)
- Pronet-21, with technical assistance from Japanese International Cooperation Agency, also carried out an extension project in an area that had five seasons of SRI trials between 2007and 2010. Twenty farming households participated in an evaluation in area covering 140 hectares in seven irrigation areas in Vientiane, Xayaboury province, and and Luang Prabang province.
- SRI Proposed for Asian
Development Bank to carry out the Northern Rural Infrastructure Sector
The Lao government has received a US$23 million grant from the Asian Development Bank to carry out the Northern Rural Infrastructure Sector Project from 2011-2017. The proposed poverty reduction and infrastructure project, which will target irrigation systems and roads, will be undertaken in 11 districts of the four northern provinces of Bokeo, Luang Namtha, Oudomxay, and Phongsaly. The population of this area is 760,000 people, a third of whom are considered to be living in poverty. At the project's first national steering committee meeting in Vientiane during January, 2012, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Dr. Ty Phommasak advocated introducing the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in conjunction with the infrastructure efforts. The Vientiane Times article about the ADB project noted that "Luang Prabang province is leading the way in using the innovative SRI method, and farmers there are very enthusiastic and supportive of the new technique after profiting from increased yields. Some farmers who have used this system have produced 6 to 7 tonnes of rice per hectare, while the traditional method only produces 3 to 4 tonnes. Some families who plant in fertile soil with good irrigation have harvested up to 9 tonnes per hectare."
For 2002-2011 SRI activities in Laos, see LAOS ARCHIVES
Reports and Articles
- PRO-NET21 (JICA). 2016. PRO-NET21 (JICA) / System of Rice Intensification. ALiSEA website. Accessed February 1.
- (Times reporter). 2014. Agricultural officials and FAO discuss rice intensification, Vientiane Times, June 27.
- (Times reporter). 2014. SRI project helps improve farming systems in Luang Prabang, Vientiane Times, January 7.
- (Times reporter). 2013. Single rice seedling research boosts yields. Vientiane Times, September 10. [National University of Laos faculty, the Institute of Rural Landscape researchers from Japan and Lao agricultural officials met to discuss the SRI achievements of SRI.]
September 10, 2013, (Laos)
- J-SRI. 2013. Rural development and SRI in Lao PDR. System of Rice Intensification website. September 9. (2p. 78KB pdf) [Agenda for a seminar in Vientiane organized by the Japanese Engineering Association of Survey Design for Rural Development (SDRED) and National University of Laos]
- Shimazaki, Kazuyuki. 2012. SRI in Laos, Chapter 7. Translated from: Rice Farming Revolution by SRI (in Japanese). Tokyo: J-SRI. (12p. 697 KB)
- Syvongxay, Khamphone. 2012. ADB backs agricultural development in north. Lao Voices website. February 6.(source: Vientiane Times) [Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Dr. Ty Phommasak suggests using Asian Development Grant funds for SRI]
- Syvongxay, Khamphone. 2011. Luang Prabang farmers lead way in rice intensification. Vientiane Times, May 23. [Reposted on the EC-FAO Food Security Programme website]
- 2011. Sayaboury: dry season rice production increased. Lao Voices website. May 12. [Source: KPL Lao News Agency]
- 2011. Rice farmers eye larger export crop. Lao Voices website. March 16. [source: Vientiane Times]
- 2010. Gnord-ou grows main rice crop on 2,400 ha. Lao Voices (source: KPL Lao News Agency). July 29.
- 2010. Let's paint the future of Laos with the people. JICA website. January 24. (in Japanese) [The promotion of SRI (System of Rice Intensification) in Laos by Pro-Net21 was featured in "JICA's World" (January 2010) with the special feature of "NGO and JICA - Wish to offer the power of cooperation"]
- LV. 2010. Attapeu: dry season rice plantation practiced on over 1,000 ha. Lao voices (source: KPL Lao News Agency). June 2.
- 2010. Rice farmers look to reap rewards of new technique. The Vientiane Times, issue 54, March 5. [retrieved March 5, 2010, as repost from the Samakomlao blog - access through Vientiane Times requires subscription]
- 2009 (July 29). Single seedlings technique benefiting rice farmers in northern provinces, In The Vientiane Times (online), issue 173, July 29. (retrieved July 29, 2009 - access by subscription]
- Synvongxay, Khamphone. 2008. New rice system produces higher yields. The Vientiane Times (online), issue 153, July 1.
- Phouthonesy, E. 2008. New rice cultivation method proves fruitful. The Vientiane Times (online), issue 078, April 1.
- Synvongxay, Khamphone. 2009. Single seeding method boosts yields. The Vientiane Times, Issue 41, February 18.
- Vongsakid, S. 2007. Report on SRI Development Work of Oxfam Australia (OAus). (5p. pdf) [Report by the Agriculture Program Officer in Laos, Oxfam Australia (OAus)].
- Vaenkeo, S. 2007. Savannakhet farmers learn new rice growing techniques. The Vientiane Times. issue 238, October. 10.
- AusAid. 2004.. Rice Revolution: A new organic method of growing rice is ensuring farmers in Laos have enough rice to last the year, Aid Close Up: Stories and People series. AusAid website. October. [More info on SRI in Laos can be found on the Oxfam International website.]
- Schiller, J. 2004. System of Rice Production - Suitability for Lowland Rice Production in the Lao PDR. March. (pdf) [Report on the potential of SRI in the Lao PDR and based on FAO-supported input]
- Vongsakid, S. 2002. Farmer Experimentation with the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in Laos. Paper presented at the International Conference on Assessments of the System of Rice Intensification (SRI), April 1-4, in Sanya, China. [presented on behalf of Oxfam, Community Action Aid]
- 2009. System of Rice Intensification (SRI) Experience under DOI Projects in Lao PDR. Presented by Vansay Sayasouk, Department of Irrigation, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry at the AIT/WBI SE Asia Regional SRI Workshop: Knowledge Exchange on SRI: Producing More with Less Water, held June 23-24, 2009, at AIT, Thailand. 38 slides.