Sub-regional workshop on rice growing ends in Bamako

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BAMAKO – A two-day workshop on rice growing in Sahel region, jointly organised by some  NGOs has ended on Wednesday, official sources says.

NGOs are Global Initiative (GWI) in West Africa, the International Union for nature preservation (UICN) and the regional association for irrigation and drainage (ARID).

Participants were from Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and Chad.

workshop, whose theme was “Toward land securisation for peasant in wide-scale rice growing in the Sahel’’, afforded the participants the opportunity to share experiences and identify the good practises in the domain of rice growing.

workshop is with a view to strengthening understanding of the legal status and size of land within the framework of land securisation in rice growing in the Sahel.

Participants also shared experiences in a bid to identify and value best practises with a view to strengthening the understanding of the legal framework in securing land for farmers.

During workshop, participants analysed the issue of land security, the productivity of the small-scale farmer, measures to secure rice farms, and the legal procedures to secure lands.

They discussed experiences in their various countries, including Alatona projects in Niger.

Also in discussion was Mali as well the land security project in Sourou, Burkina Faso, and the land lease programme in Kandandji, Niger. (PANA/NAN)