Month: June 2010

Inaugural Meeting of Virtual Fertilizer Research Center Board of Advisors Held in Washington, D.C.

une 29, 2010 – MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. – The inaugural meeting of the Board of Advisors of the Virtual Fertilizer Research Center (VFRC) was held at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. The 13-member board represents a broad spectrum of prominent international leaders in the public and private sectors who are experts in the fields of agriculture, fertilizer, food security,…

Group Steps Up Effort to Combat Hunger in Africa

June 29, 2010 – IFDC, based in Muscle Shoals, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the African Union Commission. The agreement will help the two groups work more closely together on programs “aimed at improving agricultural, economic and social development on the African continent.”

African Union Commission and IFDC Sign Memorandum of Understanding

June 28, 2010 – ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, and MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala., United States – The African Union Commission (AUC) and the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding today at the African Union Commission headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Her Excellency, Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, the AUC Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, and IFDC President and Chief…

COMESA Signs MOUs for Implementation of COMRAP

June 28, 2010 – COMESA will launch its Regional Agro-Inputs Program (COMRAP) on July 20 in Lusaka, Zambia. COMESA has partnered with IFDC and four other regional and international organizations to implement COMRAP, which is designed to help farmers access financing, fertilizers and seeds.

CEPGL States to Jointly Exploit Rusizi Marshland

June 21, 2010 – A rice project will soon be launched in the three member countries of the Economic Community of the Great Lakes Countries (CEPGL) – Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. Modern agricultural methods such as irrigation and fertilizers will be used to boost rice production. IFDC’s CATALIST project signed a Memorandum of Understanding with CEPGL…

Kyrgyz Farmers Need New, Efficient Machinery

June 17, 2010 – The Kyrgyz Agro-Input Enterprise Development II (KAED II) project held an exhibition of agricultural machinery in northern Kyrgyzstan earlier this month. The exhibition was organized by the John Deere company. The event demonstrated how the use of modern machinery and improved seeds can increase crop yields. Read the full article in The Times of Central Asia

Virtual Fertilizer Research Center

June 2010 – Seventy-five percent of the world’s fertilizers and fertilizer production technology were developed in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. One of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s core missions was fertilizer research and development. Fertilizer improves soil quality and increases food production. IFDC has launched the Virtual Fertilizer Research Center (VFRC), a global research initiative to create the next generation of fertilizers…