PNSADR-IM: Cooperatives and Good Agricultural Practices Increase Production and Improve Household Living Conditions


Funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP), the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) and the Government of Burundi, the PNSADR-IM has been working in the Imbo region more than three years with the dairy and rice cooperatives in the communes of Mpanda, Buganda, Rugombo, Gihanga and Mutimbuzi to improve the living conditions of households. Recently, Farmer Field Schools (FFS) have allowed rice farmers in Gihanga commune to significantly increase production. The FFS is a comparative approach between the traditional practices and the System of Rice Intensification, which helps farmers to better understand why to adopt better practices. Farmers have reportedly seen that SRI gives them good production without spending a lot of money. [For more information, read full French language article]