From August 4th to August 10th project participants from around the region came to Kpalimé, Togo, for the first in-depth training of trainers and technical exchange.
Participants from the Gambia work on their national SRI map.
Split into two groups – one francophone, one anglophone – the workshop aimed to foster stronger regional connections, knowledge sharing, and to deepen technical capacity and knowledge in each country.
- Field visits to see local SRI plots and a lowland rainfed management project promoted by AfricaRice
- Identification of mechanization constraints and opportunities, and creation of a regional mechanization roadmap
- Sharing of pedagogical best practices
- Development of new communications tools
- Establishment of a common technical knowledge and understanding of SRI principles across different agroecosystems and rice production systems
- Preparation of national SRI maps, detailing project activities and proposed project target zones
- Updating of annual country plans
More information on the workshop will be available in the report, which will be posted shortly on the Project Documents page.
Attendees have just been sent invitations, and final preparations are underway for a regional technical workshop to be held in Kpalimé, Togo, in early August.
Representatives from each of the WAAPP SRI project’s thirteen participating countries will be in attendance, allowing for an in-depth exchange about SRI adaptation across national borders. The workshop will be the first to focus solely on technical components of the project, and will give participants an opportunity to help shape the technical framework for the coming year. A new version of the project’s Technical Manual will be reviewed, and feedback from the workshop will be incorporated into the operational version which will be released here on the project website after the workshop.
Items on the agenda include: adaptation of SRI to different agroecosystems and rice production systems; mechanization; pedagogy and farmer outreach; conceptual understanding of SRI, etc. Check back with this site for more updates before, during and after the workshop!
To see more about SRI in the host country, Togo, visit our country page.
SRI-Rice, the technical partner for the WAAPP SRI project, has added a Togo page to their website, covering all aspects of SRI in Togo. In addition to Togo, the SRI-Rice website maintains pages on 55 other countries, detailing country SRI activities, and hosting photos, reports, articles, and more from each country.
The SRI-Rice Center, which is based at Cornell University in the United States, is a center for networking, resource and knowledge sharing, and project design, consultation and support for all aspects of SRI and the related System of Crop Intensification. The SRI-Rice website is a rich repository of information and resources, containing the most complete and authoritative collection of SRI materials on the internet! We welcome Togo to the site, and welcome you to learn visit and discover the resources that are available! For more information on Togo’s activities in the WAAPP SRI project, visit our Togo page on this site.
As the official technical partner for the project, Cornell University’s SRI International Network and Resources Center (SRI-Rice), based in Ithaca, NY, USA, is responsible for conducting periodic support visits to countries throughout the project region. In early March SRI-Rice Technical Specialist Devon Jenkins traveled to southern Togo for a short two-day trip to meet with project partners and observe project activities.
ESOP Rice Processing Plant in Notsé
Kokou Joseph ADOKANOU’s SRI trial plots in Kovié
Highlights from Devon’s trip include:
- Meetings with GRAPHE, ETD/ESOP, ITRA, and WAAPP
- Field visits to Notsé and Kovié/Zio River Valley to visit with producers
- Visit to ESOP rice processing plant in Notsé
- Scouting for a future technical workshop
A full list of SRI-Rice support trips and their reports are posted on the Project Documents page. The full report of this support trip is also available here.