Month: November 2010

Sasakawa Africa Association Announces New Chairperson

November 18, 2010 – Prof. Ruth Oniang’o has been appointed Chairperson of the Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) and the Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education. Oniang’o is a former member of the IFDC board of directors (2001-2008) and current member of the Virtual Fertilizer Research Center (VFRC) advisory board. Oniang’o is the founder and editor-in-chief of the African Journal of…

Urea Application – Making a Deeper Impact

November 2010, Bangladesh – Use of urea deep placement, a technique that has increased yields while reducing fertilizer costs, is making its way from Asia to Africa. “…Usharani Goswami, a widow who lost more than half her family’s land when her husband died, was trained in 2008 under a UDP expansion project implemented by the Bangladesh Department of Agricultural Extension, with…

In Search of Strategies to Optimize Crop Yields

Gourcy, Burkina Faso – The Zondoma Provincial Directorate of Agriculture, Water and Fisheries Resources organized a field tour of demonstration plots on integrated soil fertility management, supported by IFDC. Demonstration plots were set up for 77 producers in four villages. During the tour, participants discussed farmers’ access to finance and quality fertilizer.

Locally Produced Custom Fertilizers Will Help Farmers Double Yields in Ethiopia

Ethiopia has opened its “first-ever” blending factory in an effort to support the countries local fertilizer market. See full article

Rivers Cassava Initiative Attracts Partnership

Port Harcourt, Nigeria – An initiative in Rivers state, Nigeria, will help rural cassava farmers shift from subsistence to commercial farming. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was recently signed by the Dutch government, IFDC, Shell Petroluem Development Company and Union Bank. The MOU called for the establishment of a cassava processing factory. According to the Dutch Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr.…

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