April 2009

Think Green! Earth Day 2009

"Driving through mounds and mounds of white desert sand in the Timbuktu region of Mali , one can’t imagine the vision ahead: healthy, green fields, lush wheat plots, and a drying rice harvest nearby. Two plots, 30 hectares each, as green and fertile as the wheat fields of Kansas ! Using a new irrigation facility and a new planting technique called SRI (System of Rice Intensification), first pioneered in the Republic of Madagascar , farmers of Timbuktu have increased their yields of both rice and wheat using less water,less seed,and less labor!

New cultivation techniques under the SRI project, implemented by Africare in the Timbuktu region of Mali , have empowered farmers to more than double their crops.  And in between the rice and wheat yields, they are also growing vegetables for themselves and for sale. Former farmers who had fled the country are now returning to profitable agricultural production. Milling is being done on site with women playing a prominent role in managing the milling equipment, even renting it out to others to generate income. In addition, there are literacy classes for men and women including bookkeeping and business management, nutrition programs, improved water and sanitation, and Africare is helping the region's farmers engage in cooperatives and larger agricultural associations. Both the United States Agency for International Development, USAID, and the Government of Mali are so impressed by the pioneering work of Africare, the innovative techniques and the sustainability of this project, that they are planning to replicate them in other arid, rural areas.

The "think green" revolution is here, and Africare is taking the lead!


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Africare Resources:
Learn about Africare's new cultivation techniques with SRI
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Africare in the News!
Read more about SRI and its impact on the community in this on-line news story by New Agriculturalist. Get it now
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