Month: May 2010

Growers Benefit From Virtual Farming Software

May 28, 2010 – The Decision Support System for Agrotechnology Transfer (DSSAT) is helping farmers make informed decisions by simulating crop growth, yield and water and nutrient requirements. The DSSAT was developed by scientists from IFDC, the University of Florida, the University of Georgia, University of Guelph, University of Hawaii and Iowa State University.

Nigeria, Netherlands Partner On Cassava

May 26, 2010 – IFDC, the Dutch Agricultural Development and Trading Company (DADTCO) and the Netherlands’ Directorate-General for International Cooperation (DGIS) have officially launched a public-private partnership to commercialize cassava production by linking farmers to value-added markets. The project will reduce poverty by introducing farmers to market opportunities, creating employment, training in soil fertility management and providing credit support.

UT Chancellor Speaks at World Bank

May 24, 2010 – Jimmy G. Cheek, chancellor of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, spoke at a meeting to launch IFDC’s Virtual Fertilizer Research Center (VFRC), held at the World Bank. Cheek is chairman of the VFRC board of advisors. The VFRC is a global research initiative to create the next generation of fertilizers and production technologies. Cheek stressed that…

AGRA and IFDC Launch Program to Improve Market Access for Farmers

May 20, 2010 – The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and IFDC have launched a project in Ghana to increase farmers’ access to markets. The article states, “The project will directly benefit smallholder farmers, buyers and consumers. By linking with buyers before production, farmers can be assured of regular farm incomes. Traders, processors and large retailers will…

Lessons from the 2008 and 2009 Fertilizer Subsidy Programs in Ghana

The International Food Policy Research Institute and IFDC conducted a survey of nearly 3,500 agro-dealers in Ghana. The survey produced data on the agro-input retail network in Ghana and the 2008 and 2009 fertilizer subsidy programs. Read the full report published in GSSP Notes, the newsletter of the Ghana Strategy Support Program.

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