Who we are
SRI4Women is a project being run by the International Network for Sustainable Production Intensification in the Rural Environment cic (INSPIRE cic)
INSPIRE’s board is made up of three international development and communications specialists:
Sue has a background in TV and videomaking, which includes over 12 years in producing videos about international development. She also writes publications and stories from the field for international agencies. She has a BA in languages and an MA in visual journalism. Sue oversees the day-to-day running of INSPIRE and the SRI4Women project.
Declan is a filmmaker with 30 years of film, TV and video-making experience. For the last 15 years, he has made films about international development for international organisations, NGOs, social enterprises and national governments. Declan has a BA in filmmaking, an MA in history and is finalising a doctoral thesis at the history department at York University, UK.
Dr. Amir Kassam OBE
Professor Amir Kassam OBE, FRSB is a proponent of Conservation Agriculture and an agricultural development practitioner who has worked for many years with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and a number of international research and development organizations. He is currently a visiting professor at the University of Reading, Moderator of the Conservation Agriculture Community-of-Practice (CA-CoP), Chairman of the International Conservation Agriculture Advisory Panel for Africa (ICAAP-Africa) of the African Conservation Tillage Network, and Honorary Member of the European Conservation Agriculture Federation (ECAF).
What we do
INSPIRE cic has been formed to produce media material that will help with the promotion of different agro-ecological farming systems. Conservation Agriculture and the System of Crop Intensification (including the System of Rice Intensification) are becoming increasingly important as farmers battle the effects of climate change and food insecurity. These systems are often spread at a grassoots level, from farmer to farmer. At the same time, a heightened engagement at a policy level, with the advantages of climate smart agriculture to the poor and especially women, will hopefully see increased investment into the kind of extension and research work that can make a sustainable difference. We aim to be a part of the Climate Smart Agriculture revolution.
We have already gathered significant baseline material to start building a portfolio of personal video and photo stories from the field. This has been possible thanks to the support of a number of companies and organisations:
Lotus Foods: Based in the US, Lotus Foods imports and markets organic, heirloom and Fair Trade specialty rice grown on family farms with respect for women, water, soils and communities.
Oxfam America: With support for logistics and costs, Oxfam America made it possible for us to record SRI stories in Cambodia.
Nature Bio Foods Ltd: NBFL trains, supports and trades with SRI rice growing smallholders in India. They kindly gave us logistical support in Uttarakhand.
SRI-Rice Center: based at Cornell University, SRI-Rice Center is the global hub for all things SRI. We are indebted to them for their technical knowhow and patient advice.
SRI-LMB Program: The EU-Funded SRI-LMB programme gave us logistical support in Laos and Thailand.
Nirman In Kandhamal district of Odisha, Nirman works with local tribal groups to help protect their forests, culture and biodiversity. SRI is one of the tools they use.
CIRTD The Centre for Integrated Rural and Tribal Development in Sundergarh, Odisha, India, works to secure land rights, tribal rights and women’s rights through legal support and agricultural extension.
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