SRI Timbuktu Blog

60 Farmers Evaluate the System of Rice Intensification in Timbuktu 2008/2009

Following a successful small-scale test last year, 60 farmers in 12 villages in the Goundam and Dire Circles near Timbuktu are evaluating SRI and comparing it to their conventional practices. Seven Africare technicians provide careful technical assistance to ensure that the technical specifics of SRI are well understood, put into practice, and adapted to the local farming system.

This is the first large-scale test of SRI in Mali and specifically for the Timbuktu region, which lies in the Sahelo-Saharan climate zone. The varied experience of these 60 farmers will inform us on performance and potential of SRI and serve as the basis for the next step: to design a sound strategy to expand SRI in the Timbuktu region.

This work is funded by a grant from the Better U Foundation, located in Los Angeles, California, USA.

This Blog will take you chronologically through the rice-growing season from June 2008 to January 2009 and bring you updates from the farmer based SRI evaluation in Timbuktu. If you would like to start from the beginning, go to the oldest entries on the bottom of the blog.

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June 26 2008. Farmers and technicians, proud and tired after the planting the first SRI field of the season (background) with field owner Daouda Aboubacrine (front middle) in the village of Hara-Hara,

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