Despite the austerity of upland resources, a striking contrast in terms of acts of generosity abounds. Read this snippet regarding sharing from one kind farmer passing seeds onto other farmers.
The mountains of continental Southeast Asia and the Himalayan foothills are home to economically and marginalized ethnic groups who depend on upland rice for subsistence.Population pressures and land shortages have reduced the fallow periods for soil recovery in upland fields. Although remote, these communities are gradually being integrated into markets due to road development. Food security, cash income, and environmental quality are key issues for farm households.
Commercially oriented permanent cultivation systems prevail in upland areas of Southeast Asia, which are characterized by favorable climate and integration into the market economy. Increasing the efficiency of agricultural inputs and reducing negative environmental effects are important. Seed health, disease resistance, improved weed management, and access to good-quality seeds are major issues.
Sowing seeds of hope for the uplands. In a span of 4 years, CURE and its NARES partners have accomplished the following:
Upland varieties released. A total of nine upland varieties were released: seven from Indonesia, one from Myanmar, and one from the Philippines.
Upland rice varieties released from 2010 to 2013.
Performance evaluation by partners in several countries found many high- yielding rice varieties/lines.
Countries. Philippines, Indonesia, Nepal, Lao PDR, and Vietnam.