Transforming global rice production with SRI
ClimateRice is a collaboration between Cornell University & CarbonFarm
We aim to scale up the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) to 1/3 of global rice area in 10 years.
To get there, we're creating a self-financing model with carbon credits.
4 billion people depend on rice every day.
The way we grow rice needs to change.
15% expected yield loss by 2050 due to climate change
12% of global methane emissions come from rice
1/3 of of irrigated fresh water is used by rice
80% of rice is grown by smallholders
What is SRI?
The System for Rice Intensification is a set of sustainable practices that can have a big impact
For the farmer
+20 to +100% increase in smallholder profits
improved soil quality
For the environment
-50% reduction in methane emissions
-30% reduction in water use
For food security
Improved resilience to drought, flooding and extreme wind events
SRI is a knowledge-based approach all about developing healthy plants
Scaling SRI globally requires money to train and support farmers...
... so we're creating a virtuous self-financing model.
This is our self-financing model
1. Train farmers
2. Measure impact
3. Sell carbon credits
1/ Train farmers
Provide training and support to farmers to adopt SRI
2/ Measure the impact
Use satellites to measure, report and verify the reduction in methane emissions
3/ Sell carbon credits
Issue and sell registry-certified carbon credits to companies striving to reach Net Zero emissions
Use carbon credit sales to reward farmers, and train and support new ones
We're targeting 55M hectares over the next 10 years.
That's one-third of global rice farmland.
+40% increase in smallholder profits
Lower input costs.
Extra revenue from carbon credits.
Cornell's Climate Resilient Farming Systems program
Leading academic group on SRI
Global network of local SRI partners in 50+ countries
CarbonFarm, an innovative Earth-observation startup
Partnered with the European Space Agency
Collaborating with 2 leading research labs to detect methane emissions from rice via satellite
James Hastwell, CTO
James is a data product leader whose expertise lies in leveraging big data and scientific research to build innovative products.
Prior to CarbonFarm, James was the Head of Data Science at a French AdTech leading a team of 15 engineers. James holds a Masters in Applied Mathematics from Ecole Polytechnique in Paris.