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A dam good heroes
Sunday, 2016/06/05 | 06:19:31

 Savitri Mohapatra 

IRRI Jun 1, 2016


A small dam in M’bé near Bouaké, Côte d’Ivoire represents the inspiring story of unsung heroes who helped more than 300 farming households survive a difficult time when they had little hope.


“The M’bé dam was their only lifeline to survival during the decade-long Ivorian political crisis from 2002 to 2011,” said Alain N’Zoromi, operations supervisor at the main research station of the Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) in M’bé. “The farmers in M’bé were able to grow rice even at the height of the crisis as the irrigation system continued to run and ensure water supply.


“In fact, we did not stop the supply of irrigation water even for a day when the farmers required it,” Mr. N’Zoromi said. “But today the dam is in desperate need of rehabilitation.”


This is in stark contrast to three nearby dams built at the same time, but which are no longer functioning properly because of poor management, Mr. N’Zoromi explained.


See: http://ricetoday.irri.org/a-dam-good-hero/


Figure: The M’bé dam is a vital lifeline to the rice farming communities in M’bé. (photos by R. Raman)

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