Lebailly, Philippe[Université de Liège - ULg > Sciences agronomiques > Economie et développement rural >]
28th International Rice Research Conference
International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
[en] Video ; local innovations ; Rice processing ; Benin
[en] In Africa, rice processing provides employment for many rural people. A survey on local rice processing methods in the north, central and south of Benin shows that local rice is often parboiled before milling. Rice parboiling is an important transformation process that contributes greatly to enhancing quality of rice. This important income generating activity is exclusively done by women from rice producing communities. In Benin, the traditional rice parboiling method is still prevailing and does not lead to quality rice. To address this, an improved rice parboiling technology was developed. AfricaRice subsequently developed a video where rural women explain how to use this improved technology. Four NGOs in central Benin publicly screened the video in 80 villages. After women watched the video, they started using the improved parboiler equipment individually or collectively. Women who didn’t have the financial support to buy the improved equipment understood its principle and developed creative solutions based on the idea of pre-cooking paddy with steam. Video watching also made women pay attention to reducing the loss of steam and to use local resources innovatively to conserve energy. Women also improved the quality of their parboiled rice by removing dirt, properly washing rice and drying rice on tarpaulins. On the other hand, in the north and south of Benin where there were no public video screenings, the traditional rice parboiling method is still predominant. This study shows the potential of farmer-to-farmer video to improve farmers’ practices and their attitudes to work collectively in agro-processing and marketing.
CTA, AfricaRice, CTB
Role of communication tools video and rural radio in rice processing and impact on markets and processors livelihoods
Researchers ; Professionals ; Students ; General public ; Others