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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.

Progress and Activities

2017 Updates
  • arrowFarmers Impressed by Peace Corps SRI Plots Near Dubreka

    [November 30, 2016 ] Rainfed lowland rice planted by Peace Corps volunteers during an SRI training in Dubreka, Guinea in early August have reached maturity, demonstrating impressive growth and tillering (photo at right). Peace Corps Agroforestry Program Manager, Kalifala Fofana, notes: “The farmer near the field is appreciating it at every occasion. If I look at each rice plant coming only from a single seedling, it is amazing!” Hillary Mara, SRI team member, will be leading another SRI training for Peace Corps volunteers in Guinea this December.

  • arrowSRI Training for Extension Agents, Farmers, Community Leaders, and Peace Corps Volunteers

    [August 24, 2016] Hillary Mara, graduate student in the Cornell Institute of Public Affairs, spent 6 weeks in Guinea during mid-2016 training field agents and staff at the NGO NARSEME (Nature ressources pour les services écosystémique et les moyens d'existence), farmers, rural community leaders, and Agroforestry Peace Corps volunteers in the SRI methodology.

    In the small rural community of Madina Oula, Kindia region, Martin Kourouma, Head of Project Development with NARSEME, and Mara shared the SRI information with NARSEME field agents, key farmers and resource people in the community. Following sessions on SRI theory and seed sorting, they worked with farmers to build demonstration and comparison plots, and a nursery for SRI seedlings. This work, which was replicated in the nearby town of Badet Kanty, was followed later with transplanting and weeding sessions, including the use of a rope-marker for plant spacing and a upland rice weeder, appreciated for its remarkable efficiency. Mara remarked, "Farmers were especially intrigued by the 95% reduction of seed: as the only purchased input for small holder rice farming, this represents a significant reduction in expenses for farmers and is very appealing to subsistence farmers." During August, Mara also traveled to the Peace Corps training site in Dubreka and led a training for over 20 Agroforestry volunteers. (See article and photo album.)

  • arrowSRI-WAAPP Sites Expanded

    [May 2016] SRI continues to expand the areas of Guinea where rice is cultivated, as can be seen in the SRI-WAAPP project site map. The map, which is current as of 2016, shows 20 sites where farmers have received training in SRI since the SRI-WAAPP formally began in 2014. For more information, visit the SRI-WAAPP Guinea web page.

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