Smallholder rice farmers in Africa often have poor access to information and rely on public or private service-providers - like extension services - for advices on possible alternative weed management strategies. Efficacy of extension services in Africa however, is constrained by sub-optimal training and restricted access to adequate information on weed management. RiceAdvice-WeedManager, developed by AfricaRice and Co-Capacity and ready for testing under field conditions, is an application for Android based smartphones and e-tablets that addresses this status quo.
WeedManager assists service-providers in generating farm-specific advices for weed management to smallholder rice farmers, before, during and after the main rice-cropping season. WeedManager stimulates implementation of targeted and integrated weed management practices by smallholder rice farmers in Africa - reducing reliance on hand weeding - and thereby contributing to sustainable and affordable productivity enhancement leading to food security and income generation.
The current version of WeedManager will be out-scaled in the coming years with farmers under rain-fed upland and rain-fed and irrigated lowland conditions, starting in Nigeria and Tanzania (CARI network). Impact will be studied and outcomes will be communicated.
If you want to try WeedManager yourself, please contact [email protected]
Usefull materials to help you with effective Weed Management in Rice in Africa
Instructions for installation and use of WeedManager
Specific Materials for testing WeedManager through the CARI network in Tanzania and Nigeria in 2017