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System of Rice Intensification is a cultivation strategy which provides an alternative to water intensive rice production.

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System of Rice Intensification (SRI) is a climate-smart, agro-ecological rice cultivation strategy. As such, it provides a viable alternative to conventional rice production methods. SRI has the potential to reduce water requirements, increase land productivity and reduce reliance on artificial fertilisers and other agrochemicals. This has further positive social implications, such as increasing household income and reducing costs associated with farming.

Switch on your loudspeakers/headset for this interactive multimedia lecture, which consists of 3 parts. At the end of the lecture, you have a chance to test your knowledge in the lecture quiz.

Background on the SRI Rice Cultivation Method

SRI is not just one methodology, but rather a set of practice recommendations. It is based on four main interconnected principles:

  1. Early, quick and healthy plant establishment
  2. Reduced plant density
  3. Improved soil conditions (high organic matter content)
  4. Reduced and controlled water application (sustainable irrigation)

The method originates from India, China, Ethiopia, Malaysia and Madagascar, but SRI is spreading. A growing number of field reports document these benefits: a yield increase of up to 100 %, up to 50 % of water savings and a significant reduction of up to 90 % in required seed. Additionally, SRI ensures better resilience to weather extremes. By August 2018, more than 800 scientific papers on SRI have been published, discussing this concept. As a result, the practice is recently also applied to other crops such as wheat, tef, sorghum and sugarcane, then called System of Crop Intensification (SCI).

About the Lecturer

Tavseef Mairaj Shah is an environmental and process engineer by training. He is currently pursuing doctoral studies at Hamburg University of Technology. His field of research is Agroecology and Ecological Engineering.

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System of Rice Intensification, Part 1: Food Sovereignty & Climate Change System of Rice Intensification, Part 2: SRI Principles and Relevance System of Rice Intensification, Part 3: SRI Success Stories Worldwide System of Rice Intensification Quiz


The multimedia lectures are envisioned as a virtual classroom, where students attend the lectures given by guest lecturers. During the lectures, students have the opportunity to test their knowledge in short quizzes. Lectures are usually concerned with broader and more interconnected topics and designed to provide you with comprehensive knowledge on various topics related to rural development and reviving the rural.

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RUVIVAL produces e-learning material concerned with sustainable rural development. The project exists since 2016 as part of the Hamburg Open Online University (HOOU). The RUVIVAL Team produces the material at the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH).

The aim is to spread knowledge on sustainable practices. This e-learning project gives you the tools to implement sustainable practices in the area of sanitation, water and soil conservation.

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September 19, 2019





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