When you’ve grown rice, you have to thresh out the grain. Threshing manually is hard work and wasteful. So rice farmers in sub-Saharan Africa are glad to have a good threshing machine.
AfricaRice and the European Initiative for Agricultural Research for Development (EIARD) tell us about an improved rice thresher. This machine improves the usable yield and it lessens women’s and children’s workload. It was developed in the Senegal River Valley. By now, it’s also being used in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali and Mauritania.
I’m grateful to Luigi Guarino at the Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog for drawing attention to this technology.