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Information on SRI was introduced to the Solomon islands by Dr. Ravi C. Joshi, senior adviser to the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL), who had learned of SRI while working on crop protection at the Philippines Rice Research Institute. At his suggestion, the Government of the Solomon Islands (though MAL) invited Norman Uphoff, Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development, to visit the country and discuss the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in November 2009. Following Uphoff's visit, the Cabinet of the Solomon Islands on January 25, 2010, approved a Cabinet Paper, introduced by the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Hon. Selwyn Riumana, recommending introduction of SRI in this Pacific Island nation. An SRI Coordination Task Force is being established to bring together all stakeholders in SRI development, headed by the Secretary for Agriculture and Livestock, Mr. Edward Kingmele, CBE, and with the assistance of Dr. R. C. Joshi, Advisor to the Ministry. In early January 2010, the Ministry signed MOUs with the Adventist Development and Relief Association (ADRA) and World Vision that included provisions for cooperation on SRI demonstration and dissemination. A National Rice Sector Policy document outlines plans to implement SRI during 2010-2015 timeframe.

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The Solomon Islands SRI photos were provided by Norman Uphoff. (Single click on arrow to see the embedded slideshow. Double click on the photo showing to enlarge it).

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