Considerable opportunities exist for diversification of rice-based systems in saline ecosystems. Working in the Indo-Gangetic, Mekong and Nile River basins, this project emphasized the development and deployment of high-yielding salt-tolerant rice varieties and non-rice crops, coupled with matching management practices, to enhance system productivity in coastal and inland salt-affected areas. Broadly adapted varieties, which were considered more viable for the variable and complex environments, were developed and evaluated by farmers through a participatory process in order to accelerate adoption.
These efforts, combined with the introduction of appropriate nutrient management options, resulted in substantial yield increases for the target farmers. Farmers’ responses to the adoption of new crops have been encouraging and demand for seed is increasing rapidly as food availability, employment and income continue to increase in these communities.
Anon. Vast Saline Lands Reclaimed by Simple Technologies in Coastal and Inland Asia. The CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food, Sri Lanka (2013) 4 pp.