Rice Productivity and Food Security in India

A Study of the System of Rice Intensification

  • Poornima Varma

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 161-168

About this book


This book contributes to the adoption of agricultural technology in general and to literature on the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in particular by identifying the factors that influence the decision to adopt SRI and examining SRI’s impact on household income and yield. The study also discusses the importance of SRI in achieving higher rice productivity and food security. Conducted on behalf of the Government of India’s Ministry of Agriculture from October 2014 to March 2016, the study collected detailed and extensive household-level data. 

As the second largest producer and consumer, India plays an important role in the global rice economy. Food security in India has been traditionally defined as having a sufficient supply of rice at an affordable price. However, in recent years rice cultivation in India has suffered from several interrelated problems. Increased yields achieved during the green revolution period and with the help of input-intensive methods involving high water and fertiliser use are now showing signs of stagnation and concomitant environmental problems due to salinisation and waterlogging of fields. Water resources are also limited; as such, water for irrigation must contend with increasing industrial and urban needs.
As a result of all these factors, rice farmers have experienced a downturn in productivity growth. Since increasing the area of rice cultivation is not feasible, the additional production has to be achieved using less land, less water and fewer additional inputs. The new intensification methods for rice cultivation known as the System of Rice Intensification (SRI), which originated in Madagascar, offer a promising systemic approach to enhancing rice production at affordable costs by simultaneously reducing input requirements and causing less harm to the environment. The SRI approach is expected to enhance yield and substantially reduce water and other input requirements by altering plant, soil, water and nutrient management practices. With SRI taking firm root in India, the book examines and analyses the adoption and the economic impact of SRI in three major rice producing States of India: Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Orissa.


System of Rice Intensification Rice Production Agricultural Technology Adoption Rice Productivity Household Income Rice Yield Food Security

Authors and affiliations

  • Poornima Varma
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Management in AgricultureIndian Institute of Management AhmedabadAhmedabadIndia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Centre for Management in Agriculture (CMA), Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-3691-0
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-3692-7
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