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Summary of SRI Progress in Togo

Jean Apedoh, of the NGO GRAPHE, first learned of SRI from a presentation by Erika Styger at the ECHO annual conference in Ouagadougou in 2011, and came back determined to spread SRI in Togo. He undertook a series of visits to villages in the evenings to screen the World Bank Foundation video on SRI, ultimately reaching about 1,200 farmers, primarily the Zio River Valley, just north of Lomé. (See 2011 GRAPHE report). Apedoh's success resulted in technical exchanges during 2012 and 2013 for farmers to see actual SRI fields. Kokou Joseph Adokanou and his Peace Corps volunteer counterpart, Veronica Mazariegos, attended the Peace Corps SRI training in Benin during September 2012, where Jean Apedoh was one of the trainers. Their trials at Joseph's farm near Kovié, in the Zio River Valley went well, and he has expanded his area under SRI management and began testing maize using SRI principles as well.

During May 2-4, 2012, USAID's E-ATP program organized a training of trainers in Kpalimé, a few hours northwest of Lomé. Participants included GRAPHE, ETD/D’Entreprises de Services et Organisations de Producteurs (ESOP), ITRA/ICAT (the Government's agricultural research and extension services), the NGO RAFIA, and International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) (see report). In September 2013 Joseph worked with Jean Apedoh and Peace Corps staff to carry out a national SRI training with participants from throughout Togo. (See report.) Weeders were fabricated for each cluster of participants to take one home. In March and April 2014, Peace Corps hosted two follow-up trainings to compliment the September 2013 training, which will focus on adaptation to non-irrigated rice production, and fabrication of compost.

During January 2014, a regional World Bank-financed project, Improving and Scaling up the System of Rice Intensification in West Africa, began. The project, which includes Togo, is part of the larger West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP). The project's first major SRI "training of trainers" and technical exchange workshop, which had participants from 12 West African countries, was implemented in August 4-10, 2014, in Kpalimé, Togo. A set of farmer trainings were completed. The map at left shows the SRI-WAAPP project field sites (blue markers) as of 2016. The orange markers show the sites for the 2015 trainings (for 1,502 farmers) noted in the training report authored by GRAPHE; see item below). During 2019, Jean Apedoh authored an article in ECHO West Africa Notes covering the history of and instructional material for SRI in Togo. In October 2021, the Adaptation Fund approved the SRI-based “Scaling up Climate Resilient Rice Production in West Africa” (RICOWAS) project which includes Togo and 12 other countries in the region.

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