Training on the System of Rice Intensification has been ongoing in Burundi since 2010. The International Fund for Agriculture and Development's (IFAD) PAIVA-B project (Projet d'appui à l'intensification et à la valorisation agricoles du Burundi) implemented SRI in the Karusi and Ngozi provinces with over 2,600 farmers. Projects have reported rice yields increasing for one to five tons per hectare. Flooded Cellar Productions created a video that highlights some of the principles of SRI and some of the successes and impacts of SRI on farmers in Burundi. Additional Flooded Cellar videos are located on their YouTube channel in English and French.
- Update on SRI Use in Burundi
Gilbert Bizimungu, who was a manager with the IFAD-supported PAIVA-B project (Project to Assist the Intensification and Validation of Agriculture in Burundi) when SRI was first introduced in Burundi in 2010 by two technical assistance teams from Madagascar, has reported that SRI methods have been raising paddy yields for farmers in his country from 1.5 t/ha on average to between 3 and 5 t/ha, depending on how many of the SRI practices are used, and how well they are used. A 2015 report on the PAIVA-B project notes that the SRI results have been especially successful in the marsh areas. A video produced for IFAD and SRI-Rice by Flooded Cellar Productions in the UK tells the story of SRI introduction, spread, methods and impact in Burundi. Bizimungu has provided the current brochure on the some SRI extension material recently published by the Ministere de l'Agriculture et de l'Elevage. The Fiche technique harmonisee pour la riziculture au Burundi, now available on the SRI-Rice website, describes the SRI practices which are being communicated to Burundian farmers.
- IFAD Projects Bring
SRI to Burundi's Karusi and Ngozi Provinces
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) President Kanayo Nwanze and the second Vice President of the Republic of Burundi, M. Gervais Rufyikiri, recently visited two IFAD projects in the provinces of Karusi (central Burundi) and Ngozi (northern Burundi).
More than 2,600 farmers, including 50% women, have been applying System of Rice Intensification (SRI) methods on 150 hectares of marsh area in Nyabiho, Gitaramuka commune, Karusi province under the IFAD-funded PAIVA-B project (Projet d'appui à l'intensification et à la valorisation agricoles du Burundi) that supports agricultural intensification in Burundi. The beneficiaries, who have also formed a rice cooperative, said that yields have increased dramatically with SRI from one tonto five tons/hectare. They also use three hectares for seed multiplication.
Nwanzelors and Rufyikiri also visited the 94-hectare marsh area of Kigoma in Ngozi province, which would begin SRI development in 2012 with IFAD financing. As of now, six hectares are already being used to produce high quality seeds with the SRI method under the IFAD funded PRODEFI (Programme de développement des filières). (See article in Afriquinfos and item on the website of Burundi's president for more information.)
The video SRI in East in Southern Africa (right)includes an interview with one of the farmers who adopted SRI in Karusi's Rusimbuko marsh after learning about it through the PAIVA-B project. The photo at left shows Mathilde (left side of photo), one of the farmers sent to Rwanda to learn about SRI, explaining the benefits of SRI to one of the local farmers interested in trying out the methods for herself.
- 2015. Projet d'appui à l'intensification et à la valorisation agricoles du Burundi (PAIVA - B). Internationa Fund for Agricultural Development IFAD (FIDA). [French language report of a supervision visit to the PAIVA-B project that took place October 11-25, 2015.] [accessed July 2016]
- Saint-Ange, Perin. 2013. System of Rice Intensification. International Fund for Development website. February. [Article is no longer online, but see the resources section on adoption of SRI that describes and links to videos on farmers spreading SRI in Burundi, Madagascar and Rwanda.]
- Rappocciolo, Francesca. 2012. Spreading the system of rice intensification across East and Southern Africa: Case Study. International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) website. November. (16p. pdf) [Case study on the International Fund for Agricultural Development's progress with promoting SRI in Madagascar, Rwanda and Burundi.]
- 2012. Smallholders fulfill their households' needs with a new way of farming rice. International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) website. [article links to Seeds of Innovation - East and Southern Africa Project bulletin (December 2012)]
- 2012. Le FIDA s'implique dans la vulgarisation du système de riziculture intensive au Burundi. Afriquinfos, March 31. [Source: Xinhua]
- Simbaruhije, Melchior. 2012. Le Deuxième Vice-Président de la République et le Président du FIDA visitent les réalisations des projets financés par le FIDA à Ngozi et Karusi. Présidence de la République website. April 2.
- 2012. Récits recueillis sur le terrain. Rural Poverty Portal website. March. (8p. pdf)] [This document about International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) projects in Burundi refers to doubling of yields from 5 to 10 tons/ha with SRI on page 6]
- Ministere de l'Agriculture et de l'Elevage. 2015. Fiche technique harmonisee pour la riziculture au Burundi. SRI-Rice website.
- 2012 (March 3). SRI in East and Southern Africa. 8:09 min. FloodedCellar channel, YouTube. [Video on SRI knowledge spreading from Madagascar into Rwanda and Burundi.]
- 2012 (November 18). SRI Training 1: Seed germination & nursery preparation. 19:22 min. FloodedCellar channel, YouTube. [ also see French version].
- 2012 (November 19). SRI Training 2: Field preparation & transplanting. 18:31 min. FloodedCellar channel, Youtube. [also see French version].
- 2012 (November 19). SRI Training 3: Weeding & water management. 12:17 min. FloodedCellar channel, Youtube. [also see French version].
- 2012 (November 19). SRI Training 4: A new stick gives you blisters. 14:43 min. FloodedCellar channel, Youtube. [also see French version].