Smallholders

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.

Through 2015, with support from the African Enterprise Challenge Fund and USAID's NAFAKA, KPL scaled up the farmer field schools in basic SRI to train 7,403 farmers within 50 km of the KPL commercial farm.

Since 2015, KPL has trained 4,250 farmer families in zero-till SRI rice farming, which reduces their costs by 15%.

Striving to lift the farmer families from subsistence to surplus, KPL is having a transformative impact on the livelihoods of the local people.