For a long time, women in Africa have been confined to farming operations related to sowing, weeding, digging and harvesting. Given that they rely on the income from these roles in feeding their households, women are increasingly stepping up to the plate and acquiring knowledge related to good agricultural practices (GAP) in order to be leading actors in agricultural extension for the benefit of their communities. Agricultural extension provides a pathway for them to promote potentially innovative and environmentally friendly technologies for the development of sustainable agriculture.
Koritimi SAWADOGO, a rice producer in the locality of Bama, located 20 kilometers from Bobo-Dioulasso in Burkina Faso, has become a champion for access to better knowledge on rice productivity and sustainable soil fertility for the benefit of rice producers in Bama. Through her demonstration plot supported by the Nebnooma-2SCALE partnership, she is able to highlight the benefits of applying Fertiplus organic fertilizer, Urea Deep Placement (UDP) technology and the Intensive Rice Cultivation System (IRC). Thanks to her promotion of these farming methods, she is becoming a model in agricultural extension and continues to seize opportunities to sensitize rice farmers to adopt these innovative technologies.