Trials with the System of Rice Intensificaton were undertaken at the Sabon Gari station of Ahmadu Bello University in 2006-07, and farmer trainings and trials were done in Ondo State in 2007, but the results were not well-documented. In 2010, the Nigerian NGO Green Sahel-RDI began promoting SRI in Jigawa State after sending participants to an SRI event sponsored the USAID-funded IICEM/E-ATP Expanded Agribusiness Trade Promotion project in Mali in 2010. In July 2011, Green Sahel Agricultural and Rural Development Institute (GSARDI) conducted a training program on SRI and organic methods with support from E-ATP project in Jigawa State. According to a USAID PowerPoint, farmers trained by the E-ATP SRI events in Nigeria have gotten yields up to 10 tons/ha. Subsequent trials are ongoing.
- NGO Green Sahel-RDI Presentation at Regional SRI Workshop Highlights SRI Progress in Nigeria
- Green Sahel Agricultural and Rural Development Institute (GSARDI) Begins SRI Evaluations in 2011
In July 2011, a promising start for SRI evaluation and demonstration was made in Jigawa State. The NGO Green Sahel Agricultural and Rural Development Institute (GSARDI) conducted a training program on SRI and organic methods with support from the Expanded Agribusiness and Trade Promotion (E-ATP) project of USAID. Trial/demonstration plots, transplanted as part of the training program (shown at left) were reported to be doing well. The photo at right shows rice plants 23 days after transplanting that were originally transplanted when 10 days old.
A farmer from Lagos State, Nigeria, who attended a training program the SRI methodology in Jigawa State under GSARDI, subsequently recorded a yield of 3.8 tons/ha with SRI. His average yield with standard practices was 0.8 -1.0 t/ha
- SRI Gets Off to a Slow Start in Nigeria
There were trials reported from the Sabon Gari station of Ahmadu Bello University in 2006-07, but these were not satisfactorily documented. In 2007, there was SRI training reported from Ondo State but the results of farmer trials were not reported. In 2009, contacts were made with agronomy faculty at Ahmadu Bello University and University of Ibadan who are interested in SRI, but programs have not yet started at these universities to our knowledge.
- 2012 (August 23). First West Africa SRI Workshop, Ouagadougou, 8/26-27/12: Muhammad Ahmed Adamu (Nigeria). 2:24 min. Produced by SRI-Rice. sricornell channel, YouTube. [Muhammad Ahmed Adamu, Executive Secretary, NGO Green Sahel-RDI, Nigeria, comments at the First West Africa System of Rice Intensification (SRI) Workshop, held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, July 26-27, 2012.]
- Status of SRI in Nigeria
Powerpoint by Abraham Attah Shaibu, Abdulrazak Shaibu and Muhammad Ahmad Adamu presented at the West Africa SRI Workshop in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso on July 26-27, 2012.presented at the West Africa Regional SRI Workshop, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, July 26-27, 2012. 21 slides.