The World Bank is an international financial institution that provides loans and grants to the governments of poorer countries for the purpose of pursuing capital projects. With 189 member countries, the World Bank Group is a unique global partnership fighting poverty worldwide through sustainable solutions. The World Bank funded the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) projects (so called dedicated rice projects), working in collaboration with implementing partners such as SRI International Network and Resources Center. The experience of the projects that incorporated sustainable rice intensification points to the importance of a number of issues, including the following: (1) How farmers control the water supply is the key to sustainable water management systems, and all other sustainable rice production practices are predicated on it. (2) The knowledge intensiveness of sustainable rice intensification practices increases the need to upgrade farmers’ skills through training and extension.
In 2016, DE conducted an Impact Assessment of Improving and Scaling Up the System of Rice Intensification in West Africa, . DE undertook a 6-country socio-economic impact study of System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in West Africa; a project of the West African Agricultural Productivity Program funded by the World Bank. The mixed methods study involved data collection in 28 villages through 800 surveys.