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Article de l’équipe du volet riz de SARD-SC (Abiba Omar, Josey Kamanda et Sidi Sanyang)
Diplômé en comptabilité et en management, Loki Charles Cocou, 29 ans, a travaillé à temps partiel en tant qu’enseignant et a dispensé des cours à domicile à Cotonou, au Bénin. Cependant, ses revenus ne lui permettaient pas de subvenir aux besoins de sa femme et de ses trois enfants. Par conséquent, il est retourné à Bantè, son village, qui se situe dans le Centre du Bénin à près de 292 km de Cotonou.
Article contributed by SARD-SC ‘Rice component’ team members (Abiba Omar, Josey Kamanda and Sidi Sanyang)
After graduating in accountancy and management, 29-year old Loki Charles Cocou worked as a part-time teacher and gave private lessons at home in Cotonou, Benin. However, his income was insufficient for the needs of his wife and three children. Consequently, he returned to Bantè, his home village, located in the center of Benin, about 292 km from Cotonou.
An improved rice parboiling system – called GEM – combined with targeted training and the adoption of an innovation platform approach along the rice value chain, is starting to make a difference in the lives of more than 450 women rice parboilers in the Glazoué rice hub in central Benin. The technology is women-friendly, as it shortens the processing time, reduces drudgery and does not expose the women parboilers to heat burns.
“Impact assessment is now an indispensable component of programs because stakeholders are demanding demonstrable and measurable impacts,” says Dr Aliou Diagne, AfricaRice Program Leader for Policy, Innovation Systems and Impact Assessment. “Donors are increasingly requesting more evidence of net return from their investments.”
Last year international rice prices jumped to record highs sparking widespread food riots in several import-dependent Africa countries
LOME, Togo (3 September 2009) - Following the shock increase in food prices, which sparked food riots in several African cities early last year, several member countries of the Africa Rice Center adopted key policy measures recommended by the Center in 2007 to support the rice sector.