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Summary of SRI in Burkina Faso

The earliest SRI trials in Burkina Faso were set up in 2006 by a graduate student from the University of California, Santa Cruz, together with 6 farmers from the Valée du Kou; one of the farmers recorded 7 tons/ha during the 2007 season. A Japanese-funded FAO project undertook additional trials in the Valée du Kou during 2009 and 2010 that recorded substantially higher tillering and average yields over 7 tons/ha. During 2012, the French NGO CODEGAZ located some of the farmers from Krupnik's 2006 trials and continued on with SRI and began a three year project that will involve 200 farmers in Bama in evaluating and expanding SRI there. June 13-15, 2012, more than 30 representatives of rice producers' organizations, research institutions, development agencies and other value chain actors across Burkina Faso participated in a USAID E-ATP training on SRI in Bobo Diolasso.

Due to growing interest in SRI in some West African countries, a Regional Workshop on System of Rice Intensification of (SRI) was held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on July 26 and 27, 2012. The workshop was organized by the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD), the National Center of Specialization for Rice (NCOS, WAAPP Mali) and SRI-Rice (Cornell University) within the framework of the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP). (See item below for more workshop information). The project Improving and Scaling up the System of Rice Intensification in West Africa, which resulted from the workshop, was formally launched during January 2014. This is the first phase of a regional World Bank-financed project to increase rice productivity throughout a 13-country Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) area.

During 2020, a French language extension video on SRI cultivation in Burkina Faso, which was produced by the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Works, has been translated into four additional local languages: Diaoula, Gourmatché, Mooré, and Fulfuldé. In 2021, research was carried out by Centre National de Recherche Scientifique et Technologique (CNRS) to determine the why adoption rates for SRI are low in Burkina Faso. Obstacles to adoption of SRI (in the Karfiguela Valley in Banfora) were found to be the unavailability of labor, the difficult management of irrigation water supply and drainage, lack of awareness of SRI, the complexity of the technology, and lack of financial resources.

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