More productive and sustainable rice for Latin America

Call for Proposals
USD 200.000
Counterpart Amount:
USD 563.610
Execution time
36 Months
Total Amount:
USD 763.610
Participating countries:
Chile Chile Argentina Argentina Panama Panama Colombia Colombia Venezuela Venezuela
Funding source:
FONTAGRO Amount 26% Other agencies 0% Counterpart Amount 74%

Executive Summary

Rice is the fourth most consumed food in Latin America and on average contributes 11% of the caloric intake per capita in the region, making it fundamental for food security. Currently, there are an estimated 5.3 million hectares cultivated with rice in the Americas, mostly by small producers. The high climatic variability associated with climate change has decreased water availability, in turn affecting rice production and the well-being of rice producers. Consequently, more efficient, resilient and environmentally friendly systems are required to remain productive in the face of climate change. The System of Rice Intensification (SRI) has enabled increased yields and reduced water and agrochemical use in production, contributing to the development of a more sustainable agriculture and allowing the development of plants more resilient to the shocks of climate change. SRI has not yet been evaluated in Argentina and other countries in the region. The aim of this project is to disseminate knowledge generated in countries where the SRI methodology has already been adapted, validated and used, in order to advance in the regional scaling of this technology.

The technological solution

The System of Rice Intensification (SRI) favors plant development, improving the efficiency of nutrient, light and water use. It is based on the incorporation of biomass in the soil, transplanting young seedlings in low density, placing one seedling per site, using irrigation (not flooding) and mechanical control of weeds.


- Increased yield of rice cultivation of the intervened plots by at least 1 ton/ha

- Reduced agrochemical use in rice cultivation by 10%

- Reduce use of rice seed in the intervened areas by 30%

- Reduce rice cultivation production costs by 20%.


The beneficiaries of the project are 120 rice producers from Chile, 105 from Panama, 450 from Argentina and 300 from Venezuela. There are 28 beneficiary rice producing farms: 10 in Chile, 10 in Panama, 5 in Argentina and 3 in Venezuela. Likewise, 45 technicians trained in the SRI methodology are considered beneficiaries: 12 in Chile, 15 in Panama, 15 in Argentina and 3 in Venezuela.

Sustainable Development Goals

No poverty Zero Hunger Decent work and economic growth Sustainable cities and communities Responsible consumption and production Climate action Life on land Partnerships for the goals

Main donors

Participating Organizations

  • Instituto de Investigaciones Agropecuarias (INIA) - Chile
  • Instituto de Innovación Agropecuaria de Panamá (IDIAP) - Panamá
  • Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA) - Argentina
  • Fundación ArgenINTA (ARGENINTA) - Argentina
  • Universidad Nacional del Litoral (UNL) - Argentina
  • Universidad Nacional de Entre Ríos (UNER) - Argentina
  • Fondo Latinoamericano para Arroz de Riego (FLAR) - Colombia
  • Instituto Interamericano de Cooperación para la Agricultura (IICA) - Chile
  • Fundación Nacional del Arroz de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela (FUNDARROZ) - Venezuela

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With the support of
Fondo Coreano de Alianza para el Conocimiento en Tecnología e Innovación (KPK)