PIRK II

Country: Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Project details
Services:
Access to finance
Capacity building
Climate-smart agriculture
Enterprise development
Nutrition
Value chain development
Crops:
Cereals
Fruits and vegetables
Households reached:
2000

Kingabwa Rice Intensification Project phase II (PIRK II) - 2015-2018

Donors: USAID, BRALIMA

Partners: Winrock (lead), BATIDE, National Rice Programme, National Nutrition Programme, Kingabwa Farmers Association and Cooperative

Goal

To develop 120 ha of irrigated land in the Pool Malebo, to demonstrate to farmers the System of Rice Intensification (SRI), and supports the development of a brand for Kingabwa rice (“Ngwele” rice) to improve marketing.

What We Do

This project is a continuation of the Kingabwa Rice Intensification Project (2011-2015). It supports 2,000 rice farmers and the surrounding community. It has supported the development of several local enterprises, including a woman led rice seed multiplication business, a composting company, and the rice marketing cooperative. Nutrition workshops have sensitized women to nutritious preparations for children in particular and 13 Community Nutrition Volunteers actively work with households and local food providers to improve the food security and nutrition of the area.

Accomplishments

The PIRK II project has made significant improvements to the deteriorated irrigation infrastructure as well as an adoption of improved rice production techniques. The project has leveled 72 ha of land, installed a water pump for controlled irrigation and established 24 open wells for the irrigation of vegetables. Over 1,200 farmers have received training in intensive rice production techniques including SRI.