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Results development activities 2012 in Togo and Benin

February 2, 2013

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The development activities for the 2012 season started immediately after the mid-term workshop at the end of May, 2012. This was, however, relatively late since certain farmers had already started. The development activities included validating of the new sites by the field technicians involved in the project, creating interest and involvement of farmers, participatory development of an implementation plan, execution of the development plan by the farmers, and supervision of field activities throughout the season. Essential in the SSD process are the mobilization and involvement of the farmers in the realization of the field activities.

In total 21.2 ha in Benin and 9.5 ha were developed in 2012 using the straightforward and participatory Sawah System Development approach. The developments took place in 5 SSD sites in Benin and 7 in Togo. In total 269 farmers participated in the development of the sites of which 177 were male and 92 female. The average yields in the sites varied from 2 to 5 tonnes/ha.  The results are summarized in the two tables below.

SSD sites in TOGO

acreage

(ha)

average yield

(tonnes/ha)

farmers involved

male

female

total

Tutu

2.0

3

11

6

17

Sodo

2.0

3.5

8

7

15

Bémé2

1.7

2.5

12

10

22

Tchanganidè

0.9

5

7

8

15

Kawa

0.8

5

14

8

22

Gnatre

0.8

5

13

3

16

Atchangbadè

1.3

4

9

6

15

Total

9.5

74

48

122

SSD Sites in BENIN

acreage

(ha)

average yield

(tonnes/ha)

farmers involved

male

female

total

Zoungo

11.6

4

46

15

61

Agosou

5.7

5

16

8

24

Kpakapza

1.8

3

2

14

16

Todjotin

1.4

2

9

7

16

Korobororou

0.7

30

0

30

Total

21.2

103

44

147

In 2012 two trainings were organized from on the topic of site selection for SSD and validation. One was held in Togo in October, and one in January in Benin. In Togo a total of 24 participants from ITRA (national agricultural research institute of Togo), ICAT (agricultural extension agency of Togo) and ETD (NGO for agricultural development in Togo and Benin) were trained, whereas in Benin 10 people from CBF (inland valley development cell of the Ministry of Agriculture) and CeCPA (national agricultural extension agency) participated. In Togo, also members from a large national agricultural project (PADAT) joined as observer in the training. Both trainings took one week of which one day theory, 3 days of field visits, observation, exercises and discussion, and one final day for discussion on the criteria of suitable inland valleys.

The perspectives for the 2013 season are positive. First of all lessons have been learned from the 2012 campaign and recommendations by the SSD expert will be incorporated. Secondly, many problems encountered in SSD in 2012 were attributed due to a late start of the activites. This year activities will be well prepared and commence earlier. Thirdly, field technicians from various organizations have been trained in suitable site selection for SSD and in participatory implementation of SSD (inlcuding good agricultural practice and powertiller usage). Fourthly, site validation and farmers organization will take place well before the start of SSD. Fifthly, existing SSD sites have received great interest from rice farmers in surrounding villages. Motivated farmers/villages will be selected for SSD. Finally, the national partner organizations are well prepared and organizational issues during the 2012 campaign have been solved. The goals have been set at 50 ha under SSD in each country and given the existing organizational status we are confident to achieve these goals.

Using the following documents for an impression of the development activities at all sites in Togo and Benin:

development pictures TOGO – 2012 season

development pictures BENIN – 2012 season

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