Switzerland Shows How to Cooperate Around the World on Rice, E-buses, Solar

Key section on the rice technology:

The cooperative approach promotes the adoption of Alternate Wetting and Drying (AWD) for rice cultivation, saving water and cutting methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

Unedited: Under common agricultural practice in Ghana rice farmers flood their rice field throughout the cropping season. This practice leads to significant methane emissions. Through the AWD application, rice farmers can reduce these methane emissions, while improving efficiency of water use. Farmers are compensated financially for adopting the AWD practice and receive targeted technical training, which provides the necessary incentive to change the current cultural practice. The cooperative approach is expected to reduce 1,125,655 tCO2e until the end of 2030. At full implementation, the adoption AWD technology will cover 78% of rice production areas in Ghana.

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