People appreciation

A new kind of rice grows in dry African uplands, thanks to USAID assistance.  In addition, other partners, some private enterprises, have joined with NERICA on a project to enhance income security for small farms in the Namutumba sub-Sahara district and also improve access to markets by promoting production, processing and marketing.   Photos are courtesy of Mark Herrick and Africa Rice Center respectively.  Some water is needed, but upland rice is grown like a grass, unlike traditional rice grown in a paddy.

Photo: A 32-year-old father of five, Majidu stands in his upland rice field with his daughter, talking about how he went from digging latrines to commercial farming in just a few years with USAID assistance.

 

Photo: Matt Herrick
A 32-year-old father of five, Majidu stands in his upland rice field with his daughter, talking about how he went from digging latrines to commercial farming in just a few years with USAID assistance.

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Women farmers in Benin have seen their income rise since switching to Nerica. The new rice varieties are rugged, high yielding and fast growing. (Photos: Africa Rice Center (WARDA))

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8 thoughts on “People appreciation

  1. Kathleen Rowland

    Hey Mary Alice, I’m thrilled also. African farmers use the slash and burn technique to clear land, but they are responsible about leaving land fallow to restore it after planting.

  2. Kathleen Rowland

    Mary Alice, I knew you’d care! Rice is grown throughout Uganda, with 55% of production occurring on upland soils, 30% on hydromorphic soils, 10% under flood conditions and 5% under irrigated schemes. For the most part, African farmers have no access to fertilizers, appropriate rice varieties or pesticides.

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