The Consortium for Unfavorable Rice Environments (CURE) focuses on rice farming systems where low and unstable yields are commonplace and where extensive poverty and food insecurit...view moreThe Consortium for Unfavorable Rice Environments (CURE) focuses on rice farming systems where low and unstable yields are commonplace and where extensive poverty and food insecurity prevail. CURE activities aim to benefit the 100 million farm households in Asia that are dependent on rice. Working in rice environments with problem soils that rely on unpredictable rains and that are susceptible to flooding, farmers had no recourse but to continue to grow mainly traditional varieties and use very few, if any, external inputs. Consequently, productivity gains have been small. To improve the livelihoods in these unfavorable rice environments, innovative approaches are needed to address the challenges of achieving sustainability and raising productivity. Through improved rice productivity, households can then diversify into income-generating activities and thereby achieve a higher standard of living and a better quality of life.view less
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