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Project type: Agricultural, Water
Standards: Gold Standard
The Sustainable Sugarcane Initiative (SSI), initiated by AgSri, introduces a number of simple innovations that save a great deal of water compared to prevailing practice in sugarcane cultivation. SSI teaches smallholder farmers to plant month old seedlings directly into the field, as opposed to planting a significant portion of seed cane taken from their previous harvest. Seedlings are made available at lower cost to encourage adoption of these methods, and training on revised irrigation techniques is provided. Revenue from Water Benefit Certificates subsidises the cost of seedlings and supports funding of educational campaigns.