Month: April 2010

Bring Down the Price

April 2010 – Poor access to mineral fertilizers prevents smallholder farmers from replenishing nutrients to the soil and thus increasing yields and incomes. According to IFDC, 85 percent of Africa’s arable land lost an annual average of 30 kilograms per hectare (kg/ha) of nutrients between 2000 and 2004. The Africa Fertilizer Summit, held in 2006 in Abuja, Nigeria, called for…

A Fertilizer of Hope

April 6, 2010 – Since IFDC first introduced and extended urea deep placement technology in Bangladesh, its use has proven to increase yields and incomes while protecting the environment. Scientists from the Farm Machinery Division of the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute have successfully developed a hand-operated urea supergranule applicator that greatly reduces the time and labor needed to apply the…

IFDC Facilitates the Updating of Major Crop Fertilizer Recommendations in West Africa

April 7, 2010 – OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso – On April 6-7, 2010, IFDC’s MIR Plus project and Natural Resource Management (NRM) Program facilitated an orientation and planning workshop for updating fertilizer recommendations in West Africa. The West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD) collaborated with IFDC on the workshop, which was held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.…