February 1, 2024

BENIN: TAAT and Partners hold ToT for Lead Rice Farmers

Some of hte participants during the field demonstration

Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) in collaboration with the Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) has organized a two-day Training of Trainers (ToT) for Extension Agents, Subject Matter Specialists and Lead Rice Farmers in the republic of Benin.

The ToT, which held from 29th January to 1st February 2024 at Covè, Southern Benin, was organised under the auspices of the Policy and Human Resources Development (PHRD) Grant of Japan through the African Development Bank.

The participants were trained on Good Agronomic Practices for rice (GAP), Post-harvest Handling Practices, Urea Deep Placement (UDP), Biochar technology, Climate change and its effect on agriculture, Alternate Wetting and Drying (AWD) Demo protocol/Layout and farmers networking and profiling. The trainees also underwent field practical sessions on demarcation and line planting.

The training aligns with the project’s objective of contributing to deploying Softbank and TAAT technologies through SAA’s proven Farmer Learning Platform (FLP) extension models to address the climate adaptation and mitigation and soil fertility management components of regenerative agriculture.

Equally envisaged for the project is the brokerage of cross-border technology transfer from Nigeria to promote decarbonisation cultivation practices among the Rice farmers in Benin Republic.

Eleven participants attended the ToT while Six extension agents/ Subject Matters Specialists and five Lead Rice Farmers spent three days together in the Covè district where the Koussin and Lele sites were established.