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Summary of SRI Activities in Guinea

In 2003, Dr. Peng Jimeng, deputy director of the China National Hybrid Rice Research and Development Center introduced hybrid varieties and SRI methods in Guinea. In 2012, a Peace Corps Volunteer and her colleague from the National School of Agriculture and Livestock (ENAE) in Lower Guinea attended a three-day SRI workshop that was held in early September 2012 in Ouémé, Benin. Following the workshop, SRI training was held at the Kanakan's National Agriculture school, which trained 60 students and professors with the intention of incorporating SRI into field trainings.

Also in 2012, Dr. Mamadou Billo Barry, scientific director at the Institut de Recherche Agronomique de Guinée (IRAG), made a presentation and gave an interview on the potential for adoption of the SRI in Guinea at the Regional Workshop on the System of Rice Intensification (SRI), which was held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and organized by the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD), the National Center of Specialization for Rice (NCOS-Rice Mali) and SRI-Rice (Cornell University) within the framework of the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP). Due to growing interest in SR in Guinea following the workshop in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, the project Improving and Scaling up the System of Rice Intensification in West Africa, which resulted from the workshop, was formally launched in January 2014. The first phase of the project is running from January 2014 – June 2016. For more information about the SRI-WAAPP project view the project website and the project brochure. The SRI-WAAPP National Facilitator for Guinea is Mamadou Billo Barry, based at L’Institut de Recherche Agronomique de Guinée (IRAG). A 2016 map (right) shows SRI-WAAPP sites in Guinea. In October 2021, the Adaptation Fund approved the “Scaling up Climate Resilient Rice Production in West Africa” (RICOWAS) project which includes Guinea and 12 other countries in the region. During July 2022, Liberia-based Community of Hope Agriculture (CHAP) and Alliance des Eglises et Missions Evangeliques de Guinea (AEMEG) worked together to start a SRI program (FEED la Guinea), beginning with 2 hectares and training 100 farmers in Kalalo.

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