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Empowering Small Scale rice farmers in Benue State







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    Increasing Quantity and Quality of Rice for Small-Scale Farmers in Myanmar - TCP/MYA/3504 2019
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    Rice is the staple food of the people of Myanmar and rice farming contributes significantly to the livelihoods of the majority of the rural population, which constitutes 70 percent of the national total. Although rice is widely grown across Myanmar, significant quantitative and qualitative post harvest losses occur in rice, owing to improper practices during post-harvest operations such as harvesting, threshing, cleaning, drying, storage, and milling. Farmers have traditionally been reluctant to adopt science-based harvesting, post-harvest handling, processing and packaging practices due to a lack of awareness and inadequate training. In this context, effective methods were identified to improve harvesting, post-harvest handling, storage, processing, packaging and marketing of rice for farmers in Myanmar, in particular in the target areas of Nay Pyi Taw and Ayeyarwady regions.
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    Rice value chain analysis in Tamil Nadu, India
    EX-ACT value chain case study
    2019
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    This report is a case study of a multi-impact appraisal of a paddy value chain in India. The value chain is analysed from production to the distribution of rice into inner markets, comparing the performance of an upgrading scenario to the current situation. In the present case, farmers practice 1 to 3 rice crops a year (conventional rice). With the project, a more sustainable agro-ecological rice cultivation, namely Rice System Intensification (SRI), will be proposed to them. Adopting this methodology will improve water-use efficiency, soil conditions, household resilience to food security (high income, food availability and reduction in post-harvest losses) and self-organisation. Finally, the implementation of the SRI methodology on the project area will lead to a decrease in GHG emissions (mainly CH4 from rice cultivation) with a mitigation potential of about 4 tCO2-e per hectare per year.
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    Using Biotechnology to Boost Banana and Plantain Production in Nigeria 2014
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    Banana and plantain are among the horticultural crops of high economic value in all the States of Nigeria. The country is the fifth largest producer of plantain in the world and first on the African continent. However, production is also limited by the low quality of planting materials, incidence of diseases and high post-harvest losses. Post harvest losses in the banana value chain are estimated at over 60 percent of production.

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