Women in motion
warna-Sub1 not only helps armers in the low-lyingareas o South Asia cope with oods. For womenarmers, 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 oSouth 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 oplanting 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 toood 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 heramily 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
Holding back food, sweat, and tears