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Climate-Resilient Farming Systems 

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

We focus on the technical implementation and scaling-up of the  System of Rice Intensification (SRI) at the global level. 

Climate-Resilient Farming Systems is a project-based program, led by Dr Erika Styger, Professor of Practice in Tropical Agronomy, 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.

The program is part of the Department of Global Development at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.


June 10, 2024

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Regenerative rice production with Black farming communities in Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia and South Carolina


Rice Diversity Study, Saamaka, Suriname

Scaling Up SRI in West Africa 

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Applying SRI principles to

Fonio (Digitaria exilis

Our approach

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.


        Sustainable Land Management 



   Agrobiodiversity Management 

   System of Rice Intensification


Analytical Studies, Field Research


    Project Design, Implementation

    and Evaluation 


 Training, Capacity Strengthening

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