After first training farmers across Northern Benin in May and June 2013, the local NGO DEDRAS (l’Organisation pour le Développement Durable, le Renforcement et l’Auto-promotion des Structures Communautaires) decided to push further with SRI throughout the region in 2014, and in early May 2014 conducted back-to-back three day SRI trainings.
The first of these trainings—held May 6th-8th at the DEDRAS farm in Sirarou, just north of Parakou—was conceived as a follow-up to last year’s trainings, and included a one day field tour to answer questions and provide technical support to farmers who had tried out SRI the previous season. In all, 48 farmers received training, 21 of which had previously been trained, and 2 new trainers were trained in SRI. In the second training—held May 8th-10th at the DEDRAS compound in Djougou—23 farmers and 4 extension agents/trainers were trained.
The reports for both trainings, along with other project documents from Benin, are available here.