Month: October 2010

Conditions On the Ground

October 21, 2010 – Dr. Abdoulaye Mando, IFDC leader of Natural Resources Management, “sees the world from the ground up – a line of vision that is helping thousands of farmers in sub-Saharan Africa.” Mando has been elected to be a member of TWAS, the academy of sciences for the developing world. “…Mando studies soil conditions in Africa to develop…

Official Calls for Action to Save Forests

October 21, 2010, Musanze, Rwanda – “A one-day workshop meant to explore how best rural communities and local authorities can work together to conserve forests, was held in Musanze District yesterday, amid reports that some local authorities were behind forest degradation in the country…” IFDC’s CATALIST/SEW project organized the workshop. The project is decreasing land competition between energy production and…

Fertilizers, Food Production And Poverty Eradication in Africa

October 20, 2010 – “The Chief Executive Officer of the Alabama-based International Fertilizer Development Centre (IFDC), Amit Roy, has said that fertilizers are strong factors in efforts at increasing food production and attaining food security. ‘We see fertilizer not only as an important ingredient in the global response to increasing food prices, but also, as a factor for an enhanced…

New IFDC Report Indicates World Reserves of Rock Phosphate Are Adequate to Meet Demand

October 20, 2010 – “The International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) and its predecessor, the Potash & Phosphate Institute (PPI), have long promoted the effective and efficient use of phosphorus (P) fertilizer in crop production. Without balanced and appropriate P input, crop yields are reduced, quality is diminished, and the potential for adverse environmental consequences are increased. However, excessive P input…

Getting Fertilizer into Farmers’ Hands

Farmers’ access to mineral fertilizer in Nigeria is limited. In fact, fertilizers are much more difficult to purchase than a bottle of Coca-Cola, which is available in most rural villages. IFDC has implemented a fertilizer voucher program to ensure that smallholder farmers in Nigeria have access to subsidized fertilizer. In 2010 more than 170,000 smallholder farmers purchased fertilizer using vouchers…

AgriBusiness Forum 2010, a Success

October 18, 2010, Kampala, Uganda – “As the AgriBusiness Forum 2010 ended in Uganda last week, experts, entrepreneurs and government representatives, pointed out ways to eradicate poverty and generate business opportunities via the agro-food sector. In particular, the AgriBusiness Forum assembly agreed that Africa plays an important role in the increase of food production and thus, in the long run,…

Financial Times Brief on “Peak Phosphate”

October 15, 2010 – Recent studies indicate that “peak metal” and “peak phosphate” are not imminent threats. “’We are unlikely to run out of metal as long as we continue to invest in the science needed to identify where new mineral deposits can be found,’ says Andrew Bloodworth of the British Geological Survey. ‘We must use what we already have…

Financial Times Brief on “Peak Phosphate”

Recent studies indicate that “peak metal” and “peak phosphate” are not imminent threats. “’We are unlikely to run out of metal as long as we continue to invest in the science needed to identify where new mineral deposits can be found,’ says Andrew Bloodworth of the British Geological Survey. ‘We must use what we already have more efficiently, but unfounded…

World Food Conference Looks at Subsistence Farming

October 13, 2010, Des Moines, Iowa – “About 1 billion small farmers worldwide, many of them women, face drought, the effects of climate change and a lack of technology as they struggle to feed families on what they can raise on an acre or two of land. Their problems will be the focus of this week’s World Food Prize symposium,…

Ghana’s EPA To Wage War On Adulterated Chemicals

October 8, 2010, Accra, Ghana – In collaboration with Ghana’s Environmental Protection Agency and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, IFDC held a training program to educate agro-dealers about the dangers associated with adulterated agro-chemicals. Isaac Kwadwo Asare, project manager of IFDC’s Ghana Agro-Dealer Development Project (GADD), said the training was in line with the government’s “Better Ghana Agenda” to…

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