KPL has introduced the System For Rice Intensification (SRI) to farmer families in impoverished villages near the farm that rely on rice for their annual income.
Developed in Madagascar and India, where it has raised smallholder’s yields from 2 to 8 tons/ha, SRI is an unconventional system that uses less seed and wider spacing than traditional planting, which results in bigger root systems and heavier grain weight. Weeding is accomplished without herbicides by the use of a hand-pushed weeder through rice lines planted on a grid.
In 2010, KPL's pilot smallholders, trained by a visiting expert from the International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, India, doubled or trebled their yields over local traditional yields, doubling or trebling their annual income.
Up to 2014, with support from the African Enterprise Challenge Fund and USAID's NAFAKA, KPL has scaled up the smallholder project to reach 6,500 farmer families.
Lifting the farmers from subsistence to surplus, KPL has had a transformative impact on the livelihoods of the local people. KPL mills and markets their surplus, providing them with the best price and increasing farm revenues.