Overview of the project
In 2016, as part of its mission to build farmers’ capacities through the Support for Farmers’ Agricultural Marketing and Development Project (PAACoDA – Projet d’Appui aux Agriculteurs pour la commercialisation et le Développement Agricole), the NGO CASAD-Benin, in collaboration with the NGO New-land, introduced the “Permanent Water Lowland” (BEP – Bas-fond à Eau Permanente) initiative, a climate-smart farming practice.
Rice paddies are created fed from dykes and embankments used to retain and control the movement of sufficient water for rice cultivation. Inside the compartments is a rice plant (Variety IR841), transplanted at the latest fifteen days after sowing in the nursery and spaced at 25 cm by 25 cm.
The project aims to improve rice farmers' resilience to climatic hazards.
The resilience of ten rice farmers has improved. Producers have observed a yield of 2500 kg/ hectare.
The rice produced is of better quality; the husked paddy gives a clear and hard grain.
CASAD-Benin's own funds.
CASAD-Benin’s mission is to improve food and nutrition security, as well as to promote the sound management of natural resources through knowledge, facilitation, capacity building, and empowerment of rural communities and professional agricultural organisations.
ONG New Land