A short film on System of Rice Intensification (SRI) produced by Prof. Bancy Mati has won the 1st prize at the 2nd African Agricultural Film festival, organized by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA). The film titled System of Rice Intensification (SRI): Producing More Rice with Less Water! The Kenyan Experience won the coveted prize during the 6th African Agricultural Science Week that opened Monday July 15 2013 in Accra, Ghana.
African Agricultural Film festival aims to disseminate audio-visual information about innovations in agricultural research and development (ARD). Additionally, the annual event provides the elusive platform to showcase agricultural innovations from the continent to various stakeholders including farmers, policy makers and researchers in thematic areas.
Mati, the film’s producer, who is a Professor of Land and Water Management and the Director of Water Research and Resource Centre (WARREC) at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, is slated to be crowned; Saturday July 20, 2013 during the conference’s closing ceremony. She has extensive experience as a researcher, consultant and development worker, with a wealth of knowledge on African water issues.
Prof. Mati is currently undertaking research on fog harvesting, which she believes has the potential of turning around the lives of persons living in water deprived areas.
Upon her return to Kenya from Ghana, Prof. Mati will lead communities living around Ngong Hills in marking Fog harvesting field day as part of her ongoing project dubbed participatory assessment and promoting Fog harvesting for drinking water