Threshing rice in sub-Saharan Africa

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.


About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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