Year: July 2019 – July 2021
Client: Belgian Government Development Cooperation through their company ENABLE
The project fell under the ENABLE’s Data for Development (D4D) program on scaling up digital solutions for mitigation of challenges in society. The goal of the project was: “to strengthen farmers’ rice-related climate change Mitigation practices, to support farmers in their Adaptation to climate change and to sustainably increase smallholder rice farmers’ agricultural Productivity and income by geographically, conceptual and commercially scaling up digital knowledge and information services from the SIKIA project in combination with the Sustainable Rice Platform standards to smallholder farmers in Iringa region.”
The project aims:
- Mitigation actions to climate change contributing to a reduction of GHG emissions up to of 20 %, reduction of water use of 15% and higher nutrient use efficiency of 15%. Rice cultivation is both an important sequester of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and an important source of greenhouse gases (e.g. methane and nitrite oxide) emission.
- Adaptation to climate change contributing to increased access to digital solutions of 50%. Contributing to increasing farmers’ adaptation to climate change by providing them with actionable information services, based on digital data systems, supports them in better decision-making in risk management e.g. contractual obligations with rice millers and input providers and adjusting the cropping calendar to suit weather changes.
- Productivity and income: increase with 50%. The digital solutions proposed and infield support by KT and Rikolto to farmers is expected to contribute to a 50% increase in yields in 4 rice irrigation schemes directly benefitting 10,000 farmers. A higher SRP score increases farmers’ attractiveness to agribusinesses, enabling an increased access to market and potential increase in income, and contributes to efficient use of inputs leading to production cost reduction.
- A total of 10,119 plots mapped in Idodi, Mapogoro, Tungamalenga, Makifu, Mlenge and Mkombozi Schemes containing profiles of 7,552 rice farmers. The mapped plots correspond to 4,242 hectares and were put under sustainable production practices. This was done with support from 35 Village based agents (VBAs).
- 22, 952 messages and other digital information was sent to 11,964 farmers.
- A total of 11,565 farmers were trained on SRP Principles by 200 lead farmers using 20 technology and demonstration learning sites.