I welcome you to this first issueof “develop, validate and deliver” or
, a newsletter of theupland project
Managing RiceLandscapes in the MarginalUplands for Household FoodSecurity and EnvironmentalSustainability.
With support from IFAD, IRRIis implementing this project in partnership withNARES of India, Lao PDR, Nepal and Vietnamin the agriculturally marginal uplands.
aims to keep all project membersand other stakeholders fully informed of projectactivities and research outputs, in particular.We plan to produce this newsletter on a regularbasis and would like to solicit news and
storiesfrom all associated staff for inclusion infuture issues.
It is with pleasure that Iwelcome the launch of thee-newsletter “
” of the TAG706 Programme
Managing RiceLandscapes in the MarginalUplands for Household FoodSecurity and Environmental Sustainability
.The e-newsletter will be a very useful toolto share and disseminate research results toa wider audience, both nationally andinternationally. The achievements of thisprogramme are very relevant to IFAD’s work,primarily for three reasons.First, the programme’s target domain isthe marginal uplands of South and SoutheastAsia, home to farmers belonging to minorityethnic groups who are economically andsocially marginalized, and often very poor.
From the Coordinators’ Desks….
An official publicationof the IRRI-IFAD Projectd.v.d. newsletter, vol 1, no 1 Jan-apr 2008
Project Partners andTarget Area,
2 & 3
India & Nepal,
Lao PDR & Vietnam,
Highlights of ImportantEvents,
6 & 7
TAG 706 and IFADInvestment ProjectLinkages,
Rice Seed Distribution,
In this issue…
IFAD TAG 706
IFAD TAG 706
More than 40 million people depend directly for their food needs on growing rice in theagriculturally marginal uplands of South and SouthEast Asia. Much of the uplands arecharacterized by high incidences of poverty caused by poor physical access to markets,ill-functioning marketing institutions, and subsistence agriculture with low productivity.Rising population pressure and the consequent intensification of marginal areas for foodproduction have contributed to environmental degradation and further reduced agricul-tural productivity.Populations living in the uplands are caught up in a vicious circle that perpetuates poverty, food insecurity, and environ-mental degradation. The IFAD grant project TAG706 titled
Managing Landscapes in Marginal Uplands for Household FoodSecurity and Environmental Sustainability
aims to break this circle by using the concept of
improved rice landscape man-agement
. The US$1.19 million research grant project is IRRI-led and implemented in collaboration with national researchorganizations of four countries — India, Lao PDR, Nepal, and Vietnam. The project was initiated in 2005. It is now in its finalyear of implementation. The overall goal of the grant project is to improve the livelihoods of upland farmers whileconserving fragile natural resources through identifying, validating, and disseminating appropriate improved rice-system-based agricultural technologies.Rice being the staple food crop, the people’s food security depends directly and heavily on its production. Increasing theproductivity of land and labor in growing rice is thus a critical entry point. Increased rice productivity can: i) promoteincome-generating activities by freeing household labor that is used to meet basic needs, and ii) help protect the fragileupland environment by reducing the pressure to intensify food production in steep sloping fields and forest margins.The project follows four basic tenets:landscape management, farmer participatory research, integration of farmerknowledge, and integrative research and development to implementation of project activities. The project tests andvalidates agricultural technologies in farmers’ fields with farmer participation in selected villages chosen as field researchsites. The project has a network of 12 research sites representing the major agroecological domains found in the uplandsof the participating countries. The project is expected to achieve the following five outputs designed to attain the overallproject goal.1. Inventories of upland farm and community resources, indigenous knowledge regarding the use of suchresources, and potentially viable technology options.2. Rice technologies for paddies that are validated to be more productive and resource conserving.3. Technologies for rice-based systems in sloping uplands that are validated to be more productive and resource-conserving.4. More effective strategies for rapid dissemination of technologies.5. Improved capacity of national agricultural research and extension system (NARES) to plan and implement integrativeresearch and development.
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