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Report of the knowledge exchange on the promotion of efficient rice farming practices, farmer field school curriculum development, and value chains, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 26-29 September 2016












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    Knowledge exchange on the promotion of efficient rice farming practices and value chains in Sub-Sahara Africa through South-South Cooperation
    Summary Workshop Report, Elmina, Ghana, 7-11 August 2017
    2018
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    The Regional Knowledge Exchange on the promotion of efficient rice farming practices and value chains in sub-Saharan Africa took place from 7 to 11 August 2017 in Elmina, Ghana. The workshop brought together over 40 participants from ten countries and technical partner institutions involved in the implementation of the regional project “Partnership for Sustainable Rice Systems Development in Sub-Saharan Africa’’ (GCP/RAF/489/VEN). The key objectives of the workshop were primarily (1) to discuss priorities and plans for continued project implementation at country and at regional level, and (2) to facilitate the regional exchange of knowledge and experiences on sustainable rice production intensification and rice value chain. As a result of workshop discussion, a number of proposals were put forward for study tour exchanges to disseminate best practices on rice value chain development. These include exchange on seed systems, irrigation, post-harvest losses and mechanization. Study tours would be coordinated with regional and global research institutions such as Africa Rice and International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in collaboration with FAO. It is envisaged that the knowledge exchange will provide a catalyst for the dissemination of best practices in Africa along the rice value chains through the practical adoption of innovative tools and approaches to boost productivity and enhance competitiveness of African rice farmers, processors and traders.
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    Building capacity for integrated rice - fish systems through the regional rice initiative and South - South cooperation 2017
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    This publication wants to highlighted the potential for scaling up the experience of South-South Cooperation (SSC) initiatives on Rice-Fish techniques. This initiatives have mainly used the Farmer Field Schools (FFS) approach. It has strengthened collaboration among farmers, supported cooperative structures and participatory training approaches, especially FFS, and proved to be a cost efficient tool that can be used to strengthen and scale up this technique.
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    Promote Scaling-Up of Innovative Rice-Fish Farming and Climate-Resilient Tilapia Pond Culture Practices for Blue Growth in Asia - TCP/RAS/3603 2020
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    In the past two decades, Asia has been responsible forapproximately 90 percent of global aquacultureproduction. Global and regional demand for fish isexpected to increase significantly in coming decades as aresult of population increase and potential changes inpeople’s dietary habits. Further growth of aquaculture inAsia is crucial to meeting this demand. It has beenprojected that Asian aquaculture production will need toincrease by 60 percent by 2030.In order to support the sustainable growth of aquaculturein the Asia and Pacific Region, FAO began to implement aRegional Initiative on Sustainable Intensification ofAquaculture for Blue Growth in early 2014. Addressingtwo major challenges faced by the aquaculture industry inthe region - the need to improve the use of naturalresources while increasing the productivity and resilienceof small farmers in the context of climate change andother natural and socioeconomic uncertainties - theinitiative supported field projects in the participatingcountries to promote innovative aquaculture farmingpractices, including demonstration projects of rice-fishfarming in Indonesia and rice-shrimp farming in Viet Nam,and a country project to build the resilience of tilapiafarmers in the Philippines. All the field projectsimplemented under the initiative have achievedremarkable results in terms of upgrading farming practicesand generating knowledge and experiences that can beshared with other countries in the region.The current project was formulated to support the scaling-up of the innovative aquaculture farming systems andpractices proven to be successful under the regionalinitiative. Its aim was to disseminate and demonstrateinnovative rice-fish farming and climate-resilient tilapiapond culture practices in the five focus countries and tostrengthen human capacity and the enabling environmentfor the scaling-up

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