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Women in motion: Holding Back Flood, Sweat, and Tears

Women in motion: Holding Back Flood, Sweat, and Tears

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Swarna-Sub1 not only helps farmers in the low-lying areas of South Asia cope with floods.
Swarna-Sub1 not only helps farmers in the low-lying areas of South Asia cope with floods.

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Published by: International Rice Research Institute on Aug 01, 2013
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Women in motion
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warna-Sub1 not only helps armers in the low-lyingareas o South Asia cope with oods. For womenarmers, the ood-tolerant rice variety reduces theirwork burden and gives them more time or other activities.Swarna-Sub1—also called ‘scuba rice’ because o itsability to survive underwater or up to two weeks—hasbeen a dramatic success story in the ood-prone areas oSouth Asia. While yield levels o other varieties are drasticallyreduced by ooding, Swarna-Sub1 is able to produce up to 6tons per hectare.Swarna-Sub1 was developed through collaborative workbetween the International Rice Research Institute and India’sCentral Rice Research Institute. In 2008, it was introducedin the Indian state o Uttar Pradesh. Now, the benefts oplanting it are trickling down, helping make rice armingmuch more proftable.
Fields o sorrow
Indrawati Yadav, rom Dubripur Village o Siddharthnagarin eastern Uttar Pradesh, is a woman who is both a armerand, by tradition, the caregiver in her household. She tillsland that lies in the path o ash oods every year, damagingmost o her rice crop and leaving her with not much grainto harvest. Indrawati and many women armers like her arehelpless in dealing with the elements. They are vulnerable toood scarcity and become unable to support their amilies.
Keeping hope afoat
Things started to turn or the better when Yadav’shusband bought 8 kilograms o Swarna-Sub1 seeds rom agovernment store. She and other women members o heramily planted the seeds in her arm, a quarter o a hectarein size.“Swarna-Sub1 is good or the lowlands, which aresubmerged several times during the monsoon season every
 
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