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Summary of SRI in Rwanda

International Fund for Agricultural Development's (IFAD) brought two people from the Madagascar NGO Association Tefy Saina to Rwanda in 2006 to extend SRI methods in conjunction with the Support Project for the Strategic Plan for the Transformation of Agriculture (PAPSTA); fifty farmers were trained in SRI methods in the original training. By 2008, an additional 2000 farmers had reportedly been trained by IFAD projects in two areas. In Kibaza, rice yields increased under SRI from 4 t/ha to at least 6 t/ha, for a total production of 135 tonnes. In Rwabutazi, yields rose from 4 t/ha to at least 7 t/ha, for a total production of 401 tonnes in 2008. According to IFAD reports, the Rural Sector Support Project (RSSP) began replicating SRI in the marshlands of Rwanda in 2009. A video produced in 2011 documented the additional spread of SRI from Rwanda into Burundi.

Using data from 120 farmers in the schemes of Rwabikwano and Cyunuzi in the Eastern province, a 2013 evaluation of the PAPSTA project showed 96% of respondents were informed about using one seedling per hill, only 10% learned about transplanting younger seedlings, and 81% knew the practice of using less water. Findings also revealed that 87% of respondents have used SRI methods at least during one cropping season; the number of adopters progressively decreased from 70% in 2007 to 40% in 2010. Difficulty in following all the SRI principles was stated by 27% of respondents as the main constraint to adoption. The study proposed more research on the adaptability of SRI practices in Rwanda as well as improving awareness of SRI principles through farmer trainings. A 2015 IFAD report that an activity that only started two years into the project, promoting SRI in two pilot marshlands (Rwabutaza and Kibaza), proved to be one of the most successful innovations introduced by PAPSTA.

Progress and Activities

2013 Update

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