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Summary of SRI in Nigeria

Trials with the System of Rice Intensification 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 2012 USAID PowerPoint, farmers trained by the E-ATP SRI events in Nigeria have gotten yields up to 10 tons/ha. Subsequent trials are ongoing. A 2013 article about the Commercial Agriculture Development Project (CADP) in Kano State reports adoption of SRI among rice farmers in project areas where SRI is being extended resulted in an average yield increase from 2.7 to 3.6 metric ton per hectare. Nigeria is included in the project Improving and Scaling up the System of Rice Intensification in West Africa (SRI-WAAPP), a regional World Bank-financed effort to increase rice productivity throughout a 13-country Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) that was formally launched during January 2014. On February 7, 2014, an SRI initiative under the WAAPP-assisted Rice Value Chain Innovation Platform was launched in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state. The SRI-WAAPP field sites as of 2016 are shown in the map at right. During 2018, the Institute for Agricultural Research of the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria embarked on a project by training 1,000 Bakolori farmers in System of Rice Intensification methods. In October 2021, the Adaptation Fund approved the SRI-based “Scaling up Climate Resilient Rice Production in West Africa” (RICOWAS) project which includes Nigeria and 12 other countries in the region.

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