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Thre new SMART-VALLEYS project builds upon the knowledge gained and achievements made in the SMART-IV project that ended in 2014. SMART-IV stands for “Sawah, Market Access and Rice Technologies for Inland Valleys” and intervened in Togo and Benin.

SMART-VALLEYS, which started in 2014 and which will end in 2019, is executed by the Africa Rice Center, a leading pan-African research organization working to contribute to poverty alleviation and food security in Africa through research, development and partnership activities in the rice value chain.


The current project target aims at increasing rice production in so called inland valleys using the Smart-valleys approach. The approach is participatory, low-cost and easy to replicate. Water management is improved by creating bunded and leveled fields, drainage canals, and where possible irrigation infrastructure. Numerous demonstration sites were developed and many field technicians, lead-farmers and rice farmers were trained. After development rice farmers are further guided in the adoption of good agricultural practices and use of technologies that aim improved rice production and rice quality.

The target countries are Liberia, Sierra Leone, Togo and Benin.


The project is multi-disciplinary and includes economists, water managers, soils fertility scientists and GIS and developments experts from the Africa Rice Center, the Cellule Bas-Fonds in Benin, l’Institut Togolais de Recherche Agronomique (ITRA) in Togo, Sierra Leone Agricultural Research Institute (SLARI) in Rokupr and the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI) in Liberia.

The project is financed by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

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  1. June 19, 2014 8:14 am

    Smart-valleys and its simple, amazing, and highly profitable land development system could be the best, the last if every farmer could try and understand. It makes the farmer trustful and self governing on his fiels. He understands everything arround him and becomes a trainer to other farmers, still bound to low yield traditional system. This system carries fantastic measures that even challenge some classic ones. With this system, we plant rice in the drainage canals, on mounds and it even works better. The system help to emprison wate rather longer and forsee channels to release it, if it becomes annoying. Please , try smart-valley system and enjoy a smart yield. With samrt-valley, everybody becomes free rice grower.


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