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Curriculum for Participatory Learning and Action Research (PLAR) for Integrated Rice Management (IRM) in Inland Valleys of Sub-Saharan Africa: Facilitator’s Manual

Defoer, T., M.C.S. Wopereis, P. Idinoba, K.L. Kadisha, S. Diack and M. Gaye




   1.1 Why this manual?
   1.2 Basic principles of integrated rice management (IRM)


2.Participatory Learning and Action Research (PLAR) curriculum
   2.1 Principles and objectives of the PLAR approach
   2.2 Key elements of the PLAR-IRM approach


3.Plan, prepare and implement PLAR-IRM
   3.1 The PLAR-IRM team
   3.2 Site selection
   3.3 Farmer selection
   3.4 Planning of sessions

Module 1  

Starting the PLAR-IRM curriculum

Module 2  

Mapping an inland-valley catchment area

Module 3  

Making a transect walk in the inland-valley lowlands and the catchment area

Module 4  

Maintaining inland-valley lowland infrastructures for better water management

Module 5  

Using good seed and rice varieties

Module 6  

Planning good crop-management practices

Module 7  

Preparing the rice field

Module 8  

Establishing a nursery

Module 9  

Planning land preparation, nursery establishment and transplanting

Module 10  

Maintaining soil quality

Module 11  

Making field observations: Preparing the field and establishing the nursery

Module 12  

Transplanting and establishing experimental plots

Module 13  

Assessing farmers’ knowledge and evaluating implementation of IRM practices

Module 14  

Making field observations: Transplanting and beginning of the vegetative phase

Module 15  

Recognizing weeds

Module 16  

Integrated weed management

Module 17  

Using herbicides efficiently in inland-valley rice production

Module 18  

Making field observations: The vegetative phase

Module 19  

Managing experiments, making observations and recording information during the vegetative phase

Module 20  

Insects in rice cultivation

Module 21  

Integrated pest management: African rice gall midge

Module 22  

Integrated pest management: Rice stem borer

Module 23  

Making field observations: Reproductive phase

Module 24  

Managing experiments, making observations and recording information at maturity phase

Module 25  

Harvesting and post-harvest activities

Module 26  

Evaluating the results of the cropping season

Module 27  

Evaluating the PLAR-IRM curriculum

Module 28  

Closing session of the PLAR-IRM curriculum

Annexe 1  

Evaluation form PLAR-IRM

Annexe 2  

Evaluation form of a PLAR-IRM session

Annexe 3  

Lowland baseline characterization for PLAR-IRM

Annexe 4  

Socio-economic baseline form for PLAR-IRM

Annexe 5  

Monitoring form for new practices put in place in the IRM field

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