An example of System of Rice Intensification (SRI) farming, an innovation being implemented in Madagascar and many other parts of the world to increase rice yields.
Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to respond to our survey on different agricultural innovations. We’ve received some interesting, unique, and inspiring examples of innovations from around the world that are helping to nourish people, protect the environment, and improve livelihoods.
Here’s a sampling of what we’ve learned so far:
- In Namibia, herders are combining their traditional knowledge with cutting-edge science, developing rangeland management plans that improve production and animal health, encourage the growth of perennial grasses, and increase “compatibility between land uses, including tourism, wildlife, and cropping.”
- In Madagascar, Sustainable Rice Intensification, or SRI, is increasing rice yields though better management of plants, soil, water, and nutrients. It can reduce requirements for seeds and uses less water for irrigation and less artificial fertilizer. SRI plants are also more resistant to pests and diseases.
- In Senegal, women and healthcare practitioners are using “micro-gardens” in cities like Dakar to improve nutrition.
- In Uganda, slum dwellers are making biomass energy briquettes out of organic waste for cooking, instead of using expensive charcoal. This is helping to reduce deforestation and waste accumulation, while also helping people save money.
- In Kenya, women’s groups are forming cooperatives and practicing organic gardening.
If you’d like to highlight other innovations, we encourage you to fill out our survey and add your knowledge to our growing library of great projects taking place around the world. Stay tuned for more information about these innovations, and others, as we gather more survey results!