Togo
Nov 9, 2012Public
Photo: NGO Graphe, 2011.  Photo courtesy of Jean Apedoh.
Photo: NGO Graphe, 2011.  Photo courtesy of Jean Apedoh.
Photo: NGO Graphe, 2011.  Photo courtesy of Jean Apedoh.
Photo: NGO Graphe, 2011.  Photo courtesy of Jean Apedoh.
Photo: NGO Graphe, 2011.  Photo courtesy of Jean Apedoh.
Photo: NGO Graphe, 2011.  Photo courtesy of Jean Apedoh.
Photo: NGO Graphe, 2011.  Photo courtesy of Jean Apedoh.
Photo: NGO Graphe, 2011.  Photo courtesy of Jean Apedoh.
Photo: NGO Graphe, 2011.  Photo courtesy of Jean Apedoh.
Photo: NGO Graphe, 2011.  Photo courtesy of Jean Apedoh.
Photo: NGO Graphe, 2011.  Photo courtesy of Jean Apedoh.
Photo: Kokou Opekou, Togo Focal Point for the West Africa SRI WAAPP project and staff member of ETD, at left, Kokou Joseph Adokanou, center, and Jean Apedoh, of the local NGO GRAPHE, at right. Jean introduced SRI to Togo in 2011-12, and has greatly popularized its adoption by conducting a series of film screenings and presentations across Togo, in addition to conducting farmer field days and trainings. Photo by Devon Jenkins, Togo, March, 2014.
Photo: Photo by Devon Jenkins, Togo, March, 2014.
Photo: Kokou Joseph Adokanou, center, has conduced several seasons of SRI trials on his fields, and is experimenting now with using SRI principles on other crops such as maize. Adokanou held farmer field exchanges at his fields, helping to widely spread SRI throughout the Zio River Valley region. He and his former Peace Corps volunteer counterpart attended a regional Peace Corps training in Benin in September, 2012 (where Jean Apedoh was one of the trainers), and planned and led a national SRI training in Togo in 2013 in collaboration with Peace Corps and Jean Apedoh. Photo by Devon Jenkins, Togo, March, 2014.
Photo: A colleague of Kokou Joseph Adokanou's in Joseph's SRI demonstration plots near Kovie. Photo by Devon Jenkins, Togo, March, 2014.
Photo: Jean Apedoh, left, standing in Kokou Joseph Adokanou's demonstration plots. Photo by Devon Jenkins, Togo, March, 2014.
Photo: Kokou Joseph Adokanou's demonstration plots. Photo by Devon Jenkins, Togo, March, 2014.
Photo: Photo by Devon Jenkins, Togo, March, 2014.
Photo: Kokou Joseph Adokanou, center, and Abel Gbadomi, right, in Abel's SRI field. The bright green plants behind them are what was left in the nursery after transplanting 1.5 ha using SRI methods. Being cautious, Abel planted a normal-sized nursery, and only ended up needing  small portion of the seedlings. Photo by Devon Jenkins, Togo, March, 2014.
Photo: Photo by Devon Jenkins, Togo, March, 2014.
Photo: Photo by Devon Jenkins, Togo, March, 2014.
Photo: Photo by Devon Jenkins, Togo, March, 2014.
Photo: Photo by Devon Jenkins, Togo, March, 2014.
Photo: Abel Gbadomi's 1.5 ha SRI field. This was Abel's first time using SRI, and despite not having tried it before he had become convinced of its merits through a presentation by Jean Apedoh and a visit to Kokou Joseph Adokanou's field during a farm field exchange. A team of three laborers did the entire transplanting in 3 days, saying it was difficult at first, but after some practice proved to be quite fast. All SRI methods are followed, except use of herbicides, which Abel does due to a lack of rotary weeders, and the fact that he's doing such a large parcel for his first time. The following season he said he will experiment with mechanical weeding and see what difference it makes for plant growth and yields. Abel also noted that so far in this trial pest pressure was non-existent, which he attributed to SRI. Photo by Devon Jenkins, Togo, March, 2014.