Welcome to SRI-Africa Knowledge sharing Portal

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Rice is Nice! Rice is set to become a major food staple in Africa, as urbanization and population growth has seen demand for rice grow rapidly over recent decades. The younger generation are eating more rice in place of traditional foods, for a number of reasons. Rice is easy to prepare, requires less energy to […]

Prof. Bancy Mati Convenor of the SRI-Africa Knowledge Portal

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Prof. Bancy Mati is the convenor and manager of the SRI-Africa knowledge portal. She ensures that information, publications and happenings in the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) nexus in Africa is collated and uploaded on the website. Prof. Mati is credited with introducing SRI in Kenya in 2009. From humble beginnings, she worked diligently with […]

Development of a Solar Energy Operated Weeder for Wetland Paddy Crop

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A solar energy operated two-row weeder was developed for weeding in wetland paddy crop. Its major components are power source, power transmission system, weeding wheels, and a float. The power source comprised a DC motor, solar panel, and power storage unit with maximum power point tracker and motor controller. Solar panel/power storage unit through a […]

Cultivating Prosperity: Madagascar’s Rice Revolution

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It’s 8 a.m., and the sun over Madagascar is already etching shadowy grooves across the landscape in the small village of Tsinjorano. Farmer Patricia Suzy Razafindrafara, 42, shades her eyes with her palm and surveys her rice fields. Thick stalks sway in the gentle breeze as crickets sing a morning lullaby. She carefully kicks off […]

FAO spearheads adoption of new rice production technology in Tanzania in push to raise yields and boost farmer incomes

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TANZANIA – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), through funding from the European Union (EU), has embarked on training farmers on the system of rice intensification technology (SRI) in an effort to improve their yields and incomes. IPP Media reports that FAO has earmarked farmers in the Morogoro and Mbeya regions by […]