A low-cost participatory
development approach for rice
cultivation in inland valleys
Sander Zwart, Worou Soklou
Africa Ric...
A low-cost participatory
development approach for rice
cultivation in inland valleys
Sander Zwart, Worou Soklou
Africa Ric...
This presentation will show an alternative
to ‘traditional’ investment projects for
agricultural development of inland val...
‘Traditional’ investments project
develop:
- Concrete structures including
canals, weirs, divers, etc.
- Stone dams
Bottle...
Requirements for sustainable implementation:
- Strong farmers organization
- Continued support (from extension agencies)
-...
AfricaRice development methodology
• Participatory
• Low-cost
• Easy to replicate

5 steps approach in which farmers are
p...
1. Sensitization of farmers
2. Land clearing
3. Design of the system

4. System implementation
5. Rice cultivation
WUR – AfricaRice workshop
Cotonou, Benin, February 1, 2013
WUR – AfricaRice workshop
Cotonou, Benin, February 1, 2013
WUR – AfricaRice workshop
Cotonou, Benin, February 1, 2013
WUR – AfricaRice workshop
Cotonou, Benin, February 1, 2013
WUR – AfricaRice workshop
Cotonou, Benin, February 1, 2013
SMART-IV project:
Countries: Benin and Togo
Partners: ITRA (Togo), Cellule Bas-fonds (Benin)
Ecology: inland valley rice p...
2011 – development and demonstration sites
Kara
Parakou

Notsé

Glazoué

Ouinhi
Kpalimé
2012 – development and demonstration sites
Kara
Parakou

Notsé

Glazoué

Ouinhi
Kpalimé
2013 – development and demonstration sites
Kara
Parakou

Notsé

Glazoué

Ouinhi
Kpalimé
2013 – development and demonstration sites
Kara
Parakou

Notsé

Glazoué

GRED
farmers
Kpalimé

Ouinhi

farmers
The way forward
1. Long-term support and capacity building to
farmers, extension staff and NGOs
2. Slow, step-by-step intr...
The way forward
1. Long-term support and capacity building to
farmers, extension staff and NGOs
• Training package and dis...
The way forward
2. Slow, step-by-step introduction of new
agricultural practices and tools to farmers
(participatory evalu...
The way forward
Ring hoe
Dry soil (n=22)
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
Wet soil (n=11)
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th

Straight-spike
weeder

C...
The way forward
3. Strengthening farmer organization and linking
them to the rice value chain
Multi-Stakeholder Platforms ...
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This presentation will show an alternative to ‘traditional’ investment projects for agricultural development of inland valleys. The methodology is low-cost, participatory and easy to replicate.
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An alternative rice development approach for inland valleys

  1. 1. A low-cost participatory development approach for rice cultivation in inland valleys Sander Zwart, Worou Soklou Africa Rice Center (Cotonou) Felix Gbaguidi Cellule Bas-Fond (Porto Novo) Assimiou Adou Rahim Alimi Institut Togolais de Recherche Agronomique (Lomé)
  2. 2. A low-cost participatory development approach for rice cultivation in inland valleys Sander Zwart, Worou Soklou Africa Rice Center (Cotonou) Felix Gbaguidi Cellule Bas-Fond (Porto Novo) Assimiou Adou Rahim Alimi Institut Togolais de Recherche Agronomique (Lomé)
  3. 3. This presentation will show an alternative to ‘traditional’ investment projects for agricultural development of inland valleys
  4. 4. ‘Traditional’ investments project develop: - Concrete structures including canals, weirs, divers, etc. - Stone dams Bottlenecks - Short project period - Slow process (tenders) - Low quality of works - No ownership = no maintenance
  5. 5. Requirements for sustainable implementation: - Strong farmers organization - Continued support (from extension agencies) - Land tenure arrangements - Access to credits and markets
  6. 6. AfricaRice development methodology • Participatory • Low-cost • Easy to replicate 5 steps approach in which farmers are participating
  7. 7. 1. Sensitization of farmers 2. Land clearing 3. Design of the system 4. System implementation 5. Rice cultivation
  8. 8. WUR – AfricaRice workshop Cotonou, Benin, February 1, 2013
  9. 9. WUR – AfricaRice workshop Cotonou, Benin, February 1, 2013
  10. 10. WUR – AfricaRice workshop Cotonou, Benin, February 1, 2013
  11. 11. WUR – AfricaRice workshop Cotonou, Benin, February 1, 2013
  12. 12. WUR – AfricaRice workshop Cotonou, Benin, February 1, 2013
  13. 13. SMART-IV project: Countries: Benin and Togo Partners: ITRA (Togo), Cellule Bas-fonds (Benin) Ecology: inland valley rice production Time: 2009-2014 Donor: Ministry of Agriculture (MAFF) in Japan Target: Establish demonstration sites Facilitate adoption Assess impact Development of agricultural practices
  14. 14. 2011 – development and demonstration sites Kara Parakou Notsé Glazoué Ouinhi Kpalimé
  15. 15. 2012 – development and demonstration sites Kara Parakou Notsé Glazoué Ouinhi Kpalimé
  16. 16. 2013 – development and demonstration sites Kara Parakou Notsé Glazoué Ouinhi Kpalimé
  17. 17. 2013 – development and demonstration sites Kara Parakou Notsé Glazoué GRED farmers Kpalimé Ouinhi farmers
  18. 18. The way forward 1. Long-term support and capacity building to farmers, extension staff and NGOs 2. Slow, step-by-step introduction of new agricultural practices and tools to farmers (participatory evaluation) 3. Strengthening farmer organization and linking them to the rice value chain (Multi-Stakeholder Platforms)
  19. 19. The way forward 1. Long-term support and capacity building to farmers, extension staff and NGOs • Training package and discussion video being developed • Trainings organized for field technicians, on the approach, but also sustainable introduction of field machinery (powertillers, mechanic weeders)
  20. 20. The way forward 2. Slow, step-by-step introduction of new agricultural practices and tools to farmers (participatory evaluation) • Extension officer and field technicians are being trained in good agricultural practices • Farmers in demonstration sites are exposed to GAP • Farmers in demonstration sites participate in evaluation of mechanic weeders & powertillers
  21. 21. The way forward Ring hoe Dry soil (n=22) 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Wet soil (n=11) 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Straight-spike weeder Cono weeder Twisted-spike weeder Curved-spikefloating weeder 16 4 1 1 0 5 7 6 3 1 0 1 0 2 19 0 7 4 9 2 1 3 11 7 0 2 8 0 1 0 0 0 5 4 2 9 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 1 6 0 2 1 5 3 Participatory evaluation of mechanic weeders (Tanaka, 2013)
  22. 22. The way forward 3. Strengthening farmer organization and linking them to the rice value chain Multi-Stakeholder Platforms to link producers to input dealers, rice buyers/millers, banks, extension services

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