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DR CONGO: Farmer Field Schools at the Service of Sustainable Rice

DR CONGO: Farmer Field Schools at the Service of Sustainable Rice | SRI Global News: Nov. 2023 - Jan. 2024 **sririce.org -- System of Rice Intensification | Scoop.it

The pathway to sustainable rice in Congo’s Great Lakes region continues thanks to the PICAGL programme, funded by the World Bank and facilitated by Rikolto.

Since May 2019, 330 Farmer Field Schools have been set up in the provinces of South Kivu and Tanganyika. The objective was to improve rice productivity, reduce production costs and improve rice quality and sustainability through the dissemination and implementation of the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) and Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM). The fields of each FFS were subdivided into plots where three different farming techniques were applied (the SRI, ISFM and farmers' normal practices).

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D.R. CONGO: "After so much work, the first results can now be seen!"

D.R. CONGO: "After so much work, the first results can now be seen!" | SRI Global News: Nov. 2023 - Jan. 2024 **sririce.org -- System of Rice Intensification | Scoop.it

According to an article in the January 2017 Mazao Newsletter, SRI training in Mazao's SRI Project in Kalemie, D.R. Congo, has led to visible results only two months after sowing: The ears of rice grown from each seed have literally doubled in 80% of fields compared to rice cultivated with traditional techniques. While before the plants accounted for an average of 30 ears, now plants 60-70 ears. Barring any unforeseen events, the farmers are expected to harvest at least 5 tons of rice per hectare. Field staff and farmers have been congratulated!

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D.R. CONGO: REDD+ in the Congo: It has to be cost effective

D.R. CONGO: REDD+ in the Congo: It has to be cost effective | SRI Global News: Nov. 2023 - Jan. 2024 **sririce.org -- System of Rice Intensification | Scoop.it

Connection to REDD+ -

...Dr. Bush, Projet Équateur’s principal investigator, explains, “What we’re looking for with climate financing is how to apply funds to help with focus-areas like adoption. If we’re introducing SRI into a community as part of the REDD program, how could we use some of the REDD funds to provide incentives for people to stay on their fields, and really adopt that new technology—technology that in turn, will increase the yield up to three times.”

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Projet Équateur’, which is located  in the northern Équateur province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is sponsored by the Woods Hole Research Center in Massachusetts, USA.

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D. R. CONGO: Phase II of the Kingabwa Rice Intensification Project Makes Progress

D. R. CONGO: Phase II of the Kingabwa Rice Intensification Project Makes Progress | SRI Global News: Nov. 2023 - Jan. 2024 **sririce.org -- System of Rice Intensification | Scoop.it

The Kingabwa Rice Intensification Project phase II (PIRK II), which began in 2015 and is slated to run until 2018, is a continuation of the 2011-2015 Rice Intensification Project funded by USAID. The project partners are Winrock (lead), BATIDE, National Rice Programme, National Nutrition Programme, Kingabwa Farmers Association and Cooperative. In the second phase of the project, the European Cooperative fro Rural Development (EUCORD) continues to build on the existing relationship with local NGOs and the private sector partner. The goal is to develop 120 ha of irrigation land in the Malebo pool, demonstrate SRI, and support the development of a brand for Kingabwa rice (“Ngwele” rice) to improve marketing.

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D.R. CONGO: Forest Food - Mazao’s rice in Kalemie, a success gained on the field

D.R. CONGO: Forest Food - Mazao’s rice in Kalemie, a success gained on the field | SRI Global News: Nov. 2023 - Jan. 2024 **sririce.org -- System of Rice Intensification | Scoop.it

In December the first phase of the Agro-ecological Rice Supply Chain Programme was concluded.  18 hectares of paddy rice were planted in Kampunda by using the SRI method (System of Rice Intensification). The Provincial Minister of Social Affairs and the Family lauded the rice programme for the huge contribution the project is giving, in partnership with WFP-PAM, to the local agricultural development and especially  to peace and stability of this area. The Minister refers to the decisive role which the inclusion of Pygmies population in the project (more than half of the 3,160 beneficiaries) has played in building stability in this area. Pygmies involved decided not to join their nearby brothers which recently attached lots of villages in the zone to pump the actual conflict between Bantu and Pygmies.  

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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO:  Woods Hole Research Center Newsletter - March 2016

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO:  Woods Hole Research Center Newsletter - March 2016 | SRI Global News: Nov. 2023 - Jan. 2024 **sririce.org -- System of Rice Intensification | Scoop.it

WHRC’s Projet Equateur in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has recently embarked on an effort to engage a village community in a sustainable rice growing venture to increase food production while reducing deforestation. Using SRI, last fall the project team  sought out one of many degraded swamp areas to introduce a ‘wetland rice’ paddy. The first harvest of wetland rice has shown a remarkably successful yield and impressed the local community...

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This WHRC project joins other SRI ventures in the DRC, including, among others,  the Italian NGO Mazao's work with the "Social Rice Supply Chain" in the province of Tanganyika and the Belgian NGO VECO's testing of SRI in South Kivu.

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