When the Aga Khan Foundation began working in the northern province of Sofia in 2005, its main aim was to double yields as a way of staving off the "hungry season". Between 2005 and 2010, AKF trained more than 17,000 smallholder farmers through participatory rice-farming methods.
The results have been significant: on average, groups participating in the programme more than tripled their yields, from 1.5 tonnes per hectare to 5.49 tonnes per hectare. Some groups have even obtained yields greater than 8 tonnes per hectare.
Last updated: July 2011