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Although initial 2001 trials of SRI methods by the Multiple Cropping Center (MCC) at Chiang Mai University were not successful, continued evaluations by MCC, the McKean Rehabilitation Center (see MRC trials) and others led to a national SRI network, which was formalized at a national SRI workshop held in Chiang Mai in May 2003. A February 15, 2005, meeting of the SRI Network in Thailand held at MCC reviewed progress of network members (4 government groups and 9 NGOs and projects). With Thailand Alternative Agriculture Network (AAN) coordination, the SRI Network organized a workshop in June 2005 co-hosted by the Surin Farmers' Support Project (SFS) in the southern section of northeast Thailand.

During 2005-2006, Abha Mishra, at the time a PhD student at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), wrote successful proposals to the Asia Rice Foundation USA (see resulting journal article) and the CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food to support participatory action research with farmer field school groups to evaluate SRI. The CPWF project, undertaken by an AIT team headed by Dr. V. M. Salokhe, introduced SRI through action-research with villages in northeast Thailand (see report on Increasing water use efficiency by using mulch under SRI management practices in Northeast Thailand and video).

The 2008 AIT project proposal on Community preparedness for climate change and increased water use efficiency for rice cultivation using principles of System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in central Thailand was selected for the Asia-Pacific Forum for Environment and Development (APFED) Showcase 2008 Programme. The project, which used FFS extension, took place in Ratchaburi Province between 2009 and 2011 (see summary report). A Southeast Asia regional workshop on SRI involving Mekong River Basin (MRB) countries (Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand) was organized at Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand, June 22-23, 2009, in collaboration with the World Bank Institute.

During 2011, AIT began a EU-financed regional project, Sustaining and Enhancing the Momentum for Innovation and Learning around the SRI in the Lower Mekong River Basin (SRI-LMB), which is focused rainfed SRI in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam (see project website). During 2012, a thesis and several academic papers were published on SRI (see 2012 updates for summaries). One of these, Rice root growth and physiological responses to SRI water management and implications for crop productivity, won the SAWADA Prize for best paper published in the journal Paddy and Water Environment Engineering for the year 2012. That same year, the SRI-LMB Project was officially launched and the project in Thailand made progress in Uttaradit and Surin Provinces. During 2013 and 2014, the SRI-LMB Project led numerous trainings, workshops and farmer exchanges for project farmers, staff, and country officials in four countries in the Mekong Basin. These are outlined below and on the SRI-LMB website.

During Oct./Nov. 2014, several international SRI events were held in Thailand: the Workshop on Small-scale Crop Production Equipment for System of Rice Intensification, held at AIT in Pathumthani on November 1-3, and the Workshop on Building Alliances around SRI and Agro-Ecology, held October 27-28, in Bangna, Bangkok. The 4th International Rice Congress (IRC), which took place October 27-31 in Bangkok, also included a number of oral and poster presentations on SRI as well as an SRI booth. During May 2015, a delegation from Thailand attended the first SE Asia Regional SRI Conference in Malaysia, during which time plans were made to begin a SE Asia SRI Network that will help link SRI efforts in Thailand with SRI initiatives throughout the region. At the close of 2015, more than 5,000 rice farmers in Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam have been learning and adapting SRI methods at 172 sites in 32 districts of 11 provinces. A 2016 article by Mishra et al published in AIMS Agriculture and Food document some of the SRI Lower Mekong Basin (SRI-LMB) project successes in Thailand and Cambodia (See item below). The initial calculation of yields has showed an average paddy yield of 5.03 t/ha with SRI-transition, whereas with SRI-demonstration the average yield was 6.41 t/ha. These yields were 60 and 100% higher than the average baseline yield in the region, 3.14 t/ha, for the same farmers and same locales; the economic gains for farmers were found to be higher in rainfed areas when using the new methods.

Utilizing the implementing consortia established at local, national and regional level, the SRI- Lower Mekong River Basin (SRI-LMB) Project as of early 2017 involved more than 7,000 farmers on more than 400 action research sites. The Thai SRI-LMB experience was reported at the Regional Review and Planning Workshop of the SRI-LMB Project organized in Hanoi, Vietnam on 24-25 April 2017. By the end of the project, over 15,000 farmers had participated in the field trials located in 33 districts of 11 provinces in four countries (Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam) in the Lower-Mekong-Basin (LMB); over 1,500 experiments were conducted. Relative to the pre-project baseline survey, project data show that SRI helped to improve conditions across the LMB region. Average rice yield increased by 52%, net economic returns were raised by 70%. Labor productivity increased by 64%; water productivity by 61%; and the efficiency of mineral fertilizer-use rose by 163%. The total energy input required for farming operations was decreased by 34%, while emissions of greenhouse gas were significantly reduced, by 14% with irrigated rice production, and by 17% per-hectare in rainfed cropping.

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