Despite trying to follow the developments in agriculture, I missed The SYSTEM of
RICE INTENSIFICATION (SRI). The only recent post in the blogs I can find is from
Gururajan. And there is a very interesting 2006 article by Dr. C. Shambu Prasad about the adoptations of SRIin India(http://www.cgiar-ilac.org/downloads/references/SRI_India_innovation_institutions.pdf). This article is also available at the SRI site in the articles section. If anybody knows more about this, please let me know.
I wrote three journalists and writers in India. Here are some of their comments.
"SRI has been around for quite some time now. The state government and some NGOs like WASSAN & Timbaktu have been promoting it. While the initial results are encouraging, the adoption of this new method seem to be abysmally low. Excessive weed seems to be one of the major problems. Lack of training is another issue.
May be its not that easy to change the mindset that has developed over centuries..."
"Evidently such info should percolate down to those who would benefit from it."
"sri is indeed the future revolution. in fact it can be tried with other crops like wheat also. only thing it involves more labour and so farmers are slow at going for it. however, things are slowly moving forward."
More recent discussions and articles available at Farmerfirst.