Man and Woman in a Rice Field
Souleymane Baldé and his wife Dianke in their rice field in the rural commune of Mampatim in southern Senegal. The rice is a strain of Nerica rice, a cross between African and Asian rice varieties, designed to be hardier and more productive than other types of rice. The couple used to get only 3 bags of rice from previous strains they had planted. With knowledge they gained from USAID’s Projet Croissance Economique training sessions on farming best practices, they began planting Nerica rice and now grow 2 tons in a single harvest. This is enough to eat at home for the entire year and even leaves them with a surplus they can sell for extra income.
Credit: Engility / Stéphane Tourné