What further opportunities does SRI have?
SRI has been implemented in combination with other agroecological practices which also assist towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Integrating SRI with agroforestry has been shown to improve yields and enhance carbon sequestration and also provides a source of organic matter.
SRI has been successfully incorporated into conservation agriculture (CA) in zero-till raised-bed rice production. Positive results have been demonstrated in China and Pakistan.
SRI is now included in multiple countries' National Climate Plans, both as an adaptation and mitigation technique.
SRI has also been included in disaster-preparedness programs to help vulnerable communities recover from the effects of natural disasters. Indonesia, for example, used SRI after the 2004 tsunami to help recover food production systems.
To halt the climate crisis and reverse warming trends, many practices that societies have followed for centuries call for change. The integration of climate-smart agricultural practices can assist moving rice cultivation into a sustainable system, necessary to mitigate global warming. Continual development and evaluation of agroecological approaches is necessary. Supporting the convergence of SRI, agroforestry, conservation agriculture, and other practices can help support farmers in producing climate-resilient crops, and play a crucial role in contributing to the achievement of multiple global sustainable development goals.