System of Rice Intensification Brings Hope to Global Rice Production

More Crop Per Drop innovative rice field, photo courtesy of Lotus Foods

SRI methods generate higher rice yields using less water

Nearly one-third of the world’s population depends heavily on rice and rice products for food, with rice providing up to 70 percent of daily calories in some regions.  Over the last thirty years, milled rice consumption has increased by 40 percent, and by 2030, the global demand for rice is expected to increase up to another 40 percent. To meet this demand, rice paddies cover more than 300 million acres around the world.

Up to one-third of the planet’s annual freshwater use goes towards irrigating and growing rice.

But a new farming technique, called System of Rice Intensification (SRI), is generating hope, excitement and new possibilities for increased crop yields.

To learn more about this remarkably innovative farming technique and the amazing crop yields farmers are achieving with it, click here.