Climate-Resilient Farming Systems 

Climate-Resilient Farming Systems is a program in the Department of Global Development at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University.  It is a project-based program, led by Erika Styger, PhD, who collaborates with partners ranging from local community-based organizations to international organizations in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and most recently, in the USA.

Mission: Improve tropical smallholder farming systems for greater productivity and resilience to climate change through ecological approaches

 

Using ecological processes, we strive to improve the biological efficiency of farming systems and generate synergies to produce a triple win:

  • Sustainably increase agricultural productivity and incomes

  • Build resilience to climate change 

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions 

Operational strategies:

  • Integrate agro-ecological approaches according to farmer needs, constraints and opportunities, including

    • System of Rice Intensification (SRI)/ System of Crop Intensification (SCI)

    • Sustainable Land and Water Management

    • Agrobiodiversity Management

    • Agroforestry

  • Combine scientific knowledge with local knowledge, using participatory research approaches with farming communities to create innovative solutions that benefit and empower farmers.

Currently, we focus on the scaling-up of the System of Rice Intensification (SRI). We are employing a holistic new approach, the Climate-Resilient Rice Production (CRRP) approach, which is based on SRI  in combination with location-specific sustainable land and water management practices (SLWM), and, if indicated, with integrated pest and disease management (IPM).

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NEW PROJECT:

SARE Farmer grant to improve nursery method for rice production in the Hudson Valley, New York

Scaling Up SRI in West Africa 

Rice Diversity Study, Saamaka, Suriname

Applying SRI principles to Fonio (Digitaria exilis

Regenerative rice farming with Black farming communities in Louisiana and Mississippi

 

        Sustainable Land Management 

        Agroforestry

 

   Agrobiodiversity Management 

   System of Rice Intensification

 

Analytical Studies, Field Research

 

    Project Design, Implementation

    and Evaluation 

 

 Training, Capacity Strengthening

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