This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Principally based on Projects R8269, R7122, and R8071. Rice varieties
bred in the Nepal lowlands and introduced to farmers in similar
environments in the High Barind Tract of Bangladesh are spreading
rapidly. Stagnant yields of rice in the Barind mean that incomes of
resource-poor farmers are falling. But big increases in quantity and
quality, and early ripening varieties that allow a follow-on cash crop,
could improve lives. Farmers managed the trials of the Nepalese rice
themselves. They found the new varieties both yielded more and matured
earlier. In less than two years, two-thirds of the farmers were growing
the new varieties. And nearly half share seed with other farmers.
Development organisations are promoting them and villages are already
organising community-based seed production.
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty,
Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (20 pp.) taken from the CD.
PSP12, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 31.