Madagascar · 19 January 2022 · 2 min
AKF will train 20,000 smallholder farmers in the Zanatany Rice Permaculture System, expecting rice yield increases of 50 percent or more.
AKDN / Didier Van Bignoot
ZRPS seeks to address the constraints inherent in other rice intensification systems such as the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) that cause very high rates of attrition. ZRPS is based on four pillars:
Farmers can gradually adopt the ZRPS pillars at their own pace and implement the system in a much broader range of topographies than SRI. By reducing labour – that is usually assigned to women – and water requirements, ZRPS is both gender-friendly and climate-smart. Since its initial design, the system has provided extremely promising results in terms of productivity, while going through a continuous improvement process from field observations and experiments.
Through SPEEDRICE, AKF will test and adapt ZRPS across various agro-ecological zones of Madagascar, working in the five regions of Sofia, Diana, Sava, Analamanga and Itasy. It will train 20,000 smallholder farmers in ZRPS, expecting an adoption rate of 30 percent and rice yield increases of 50 percent or more.