In 2012, a member of Niger's Ministry of Agriculture presented on the potential adoption of SRI in Niger at the Regional Workshop on the System of Rice Intensification (SRI). In 2012, the NGO Africare funded the initial tests of SRI in Niger, which were implemented by the NGO ONAHA. Niger has also participated in the Improving and Scaling up the System of Rice Intensification in West Africa (SRI-WAAPP) project, which is implemented in 13 countries. WAAPP-Niger's report by Haougi et al covers dry season SRI trials for the 2014-2015 season, which found that the adoption of SRI management principles resulted in more tillers and higher yields. SRI-WAAPP in Niger has directly trained 100 farmers in SRI principles and indirectly exposed almost 6,000 farmers to SRI.
- SRI Begins Scaling Up in Niger with SRI-WAAPP Project
A video (right) of a SRI-WAAPP farmer interview was made during 2015. The locations of the farmer fields shown in the video are available on a map provided SRI-Rice. In the video, which is in Zarma and French languages, several farmers share SRI experiences alongside SRI Champion Amadou Bonkano and technician Sita Rami at the Sébéri irrigation scheme southwest of Niamey.
According to SRI-WAAPP's National Facilitator for Niger, Adamou Haougui, who is also an official at INRAB (the national agricultural research institute), project beneficiaries as of December 2015 included:
- 98 men and 2 women were directly trained through the project
- 5,834 men and 120 women were exposed to SRI indirectly through exposure to trained farmers in same irrigation schemes.
- Niger represented at SRI Workshop in Burkina Faso
WAAPP-Niger's report by Haougi et al covers dry season SRI trials for the 2014-2015 season, summarizing results from three different trial locations, with side-by-side trials of SRI and conventional rice production at each site, with both irrigated and rainfed conditions at one of the sites (Say II). At the Say II site, the average number of tillers per pocket with SRI management increased by 24% for the irrigated sites (36 vs 29), and 66% for the rainfed sites (25 vs 15), while average yields with SRI management increased by 29% for the irrigated sites, and 31% for the rainfed sites (8.45 vs 6.55 t/ha for irrigated plots, and 3.94 vs 3 t/ha for rainfed plots). At the Sébéri site, the average number of tillers was 58% higher for SRI plots (52 vs 33), while yields increased by 30% (8.29 vs 6.38 t/ha). At the Daibéri site average tiller numbers increased by 57% (58 vs 37), while yields increased by 64% (8.03 vs 4.89 t/ha). The larger difference in yields observed at Daibéri was attributed to an increased rate of organic matter used for fertilization (1.5 times more than at the other sites), which allowed farmers to completely forego use of synthetic fertilizers, and a more stringent adherence to the 25cm x 25cm spacing commonly used in SRI. Water use was reduced by 30%, though labor increased, and weed seeds were an issue due to the type of organic matter used. Both issues were planned to be addressed in a second season of trials, through increased familiarity with SRI methods and distribution of mechanical weeders (reducing labor needs).
- Niger represented at SRI Workshop in Burkina Faso
Representatives of Niger's Ministry of Agriculture made a presentation on the potential for adoption of the SRI in Niger at the Regional Workshop on the System of Rice Intensification (SRI), which was held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The workshop, which was held July 26 and 27, 2012, was 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).
- Haougui, Adamou, Hamidou Souley and Rabi Alou. 2015. Rapport d'activites sur les tests d'introduction du System de Riziculture Intensive (SRI) Au Niger. [2014-15 SRI Dry Season Activity Report for SRI-WAAPP activities in Niger.] [French, 11p. pdf]
- WAAP-Niger Quarterly News Bulletin. Les Nouvelles du PPAAO-WAAPP Niger. April-June 2015. [overview of the rice sector in Niger and SRI as a promoted strategy].
- 2015. SRI /Système de Riziculture Intensive.Réseau National des Chambres d'Agriculture du Niger website [December].
- Styger, Erika and Jenkins, Devon. 2014. Technical Manual for SRI in West Africa: Improving and Scaling up of the System of Rice Intensification in West Africa. SRI WAAPP website. [French version is also available].
- 2016. Système de Riziculture Intensive, une approche pour booster la prodcution du riz au Niger. A SRI-WAAPP-Niger research poster by Haougui Adamou Haugui, Hamidou Souley, Alou Rabi, et al. [French language scientific poster presenting results from the first year of trails for the SRI-WAAPP project in Niger.]
- Test du Système de Riziculture Intensive au Niger Campagne Saison Seche 2012
Powerpoint presented at the West Africa Regional SRI Workshop, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, July 26-27, 2012. 9 slides.
- 2015. (January 11). SRI Niger entrevue avec un cultivateur pilote du SRI au zone irrigué à Sébéri (français / djerma). 13:17 min. SRI-Rice channel, YouTube. [French language TV clip with farmer SRI interviews. M. Amadou Bonkano, Champion SRI et M. Sita Rami, technicien qui conduit les tests sur le périmètre, avec un cultivateur local qui décrit son première teste SRI dans la zone d'irrigation Sébéri (en français et djerma).]
- 2014. Niger SRI Tele Dounia. 2:48 min. SRI-Rice channel, YouTube. [French language Promotional Video for the SRi-WAAPP Project]