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Who We Are
IFDC is a nonprofit, science-based organization working to alleviate global hunger and poverty by improving sustainable agricultural productivity. The organization was established in 1974 in response to the twin crises of food insecurity and rising energy prices. Through an Executive Order decreed by U.S. President Jimmy Carter, IFDC was classified as a nonprofit, public international organization (the same international status as the United Nations and the World Bank) in 1977. IFDC is governed by an international board of directors and supported by bilateral and multilateral aid agencies, private enterprises and foundations. Headquartered in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, IFDC is led by President and CEO Dr. Amit Roy. The organization’s more than 800 international staff currently work in over 25 countries worldwide. IFDC has had a global presence in more than 130 countries over its 39-year life.
Why Our Work Is Important
Conducting Research and Development
Over the next 40 years, global food output must increase by 110 percent to keep up with the world’s rising population, which will grow from 6.8 billion people to over 9.2 billion by 2050. Due to global economic development, millions of people will be able to afford more protein in their diets, which will require more crops. That means that the 9.2 billion people will eat as much as 13 billion people would by today’s nutritional standards.
Mineral fertilizers are credited with keeping alive almost half of the world’s population. IFDC conducts research and development to create more efficient and productive agricultural technologies. The organization is initiating a global effort to develop new and improved fertilizer products because agricultural productivity must be drastically improved using less land and water while generating fewer environmental pollutants.
Linking Farmers to Markets
Many smallholder farmers in developing countries struggle to access improved seeds, quality fertilizers and crop protection products at the right time, in the right quantity and quality and at the right price. Many also often lack access to credit. Then, after harvest they often struggle to sell their crops at prices that cover their costs and generate any additional income.
IFDC gives these farmers the knowledge and tools they need to grow more and better food crops and then links them to markets so that they can sell their produce. The organization also helps build business for rural agro-dealers, ultimately increasing the efficiency of food production along the agricultural value chain.
How We Are Organized
East and Southern Africa Division (ESAFD) – ESAFD works to increase farmers’ incomes through enhanced agricultural productivity programs. ESAFD has offices in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda, with divisional headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. The division is led by J.J. Robert Groot.
North and West Africa Division (NWAFD) – NWAFD strengthens agricultural value chains through sustainable agricultural advancement projects. NWAFD has offices in Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal, with divisional headquarters in Lomé, Togo. The division is led by André de Jager.
EurAsia Division (EAD) – EAD focuses on a broad spectrum of activities related to soil nutrient management, private sector-led agribusiness development and resource conservation. EAD has a regional office in Bangladesh and project-specific offices in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, with headquarters in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
Research and Development Division (RDD) – RDD promotes food security, agricultural growth and environmental stewardship through sound and viable fertilizer and crop production technologies, policies and institutional collaboration. The division is headquartered in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, United States, and led by Dr. Peter J. Heffernan.
IFDC enables smallholder farmers in developing countries to increase agricultural productivity, generate economic growth and practice environmental stewardship by enhancing their ability to manage mineral and organic fertilizers responsibly and participate profitably in input and output markets.