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System of Rice Intensification provides environmental and economic gains but at the expense of social sustainability — A multidisciplinary analysis in India

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  • Gathorne-Hardy, Alfred
  • Reddy, D. Narasimha
  • Venkatanarayana, M.
  • Harriss-White, Barbara

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The System of Rice Intensification (SRI) is claimed to make rice more sustainable by increasing yields while reducing water demand. However, there remains a shortage of high quality data to test these assertions, and a major research gap exists concerning the wider social and economic implications of SRI techniques.

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  • Gathorne-Hardy, Alfred & Reddy, D. Narasimha & Venkatanarayana, M. & Harriss-White, Barbara, 2016. "System of Rice Intensification provides environmental and economic gains but at the expense of social sustainability — A multidisciplinary analysis in India," Agricultural Systems, Elsevier, vol. 143(C), pages 159-168.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:agisys:v:143:y:2016:i:c:p:159-168
    DOI: 10.1016/j.agsy.2015.12.012
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