Month: December 2010

Seed Trade Reforms to Drive Agricultural Growth

Lusaka, Zambia – A Seed Certification Technical Workshop was held in Lusaka, Zambia, to discuss removing obstacles to seed trade in East and southern Africa. Reforming seed trade will strengthen smallholder farmers’ access to improved seeds. The workshop was hosted by the Alliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa (ACTESA), primary implementer of COMESA’s Regional Agro-Inputs Programme (COMRAP).…

Federal Government of Nigeria Spends 22.3 Billion Naira as Subsidy for Fertilizer

Abuja, Nigeria – IFDC is implementing a fertilizer voucher program in Nigeria, where the federal government has announced a 25 percent subsidy for 900,000 mt of fertilizer.The program will work to ensure that fertilizer gets to farmers who need it most. See our Nigeria Fertilizer Voucher Program project page for more information. Read the full article by Victoria Ojeme for…

New Protocol for Organically Enhanced Granular Fertilizer

December 16, 2010 – Representatives from IFDC were part of a panel led by NSF International that helped develop a new protocol for “organically enhanced granular fertilizer production processes.” The protocol helps fertilizer manufacturers who use biosolids or sewage sludge to demonstrate that their products comply with all requirements.

ACDI/VOCA Team Launches Support for Food Security Activities Website

Washington, D.C. – The Support for Food Security Activities (SFSA) team is an ACDI/VOCA-led consortium of nine food security and agricultural development organizations (including IFDC). According to the newly launched SFSA website (www.sfsa.com), the five-year contract “provides USAID an efficient, rapid response mechanism to fund bilateral and regional agricultural development and food security programs in countries of the Common Market…

USAID Awards New Project in Bangladesh to IFDC

December 14, 2010 – MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded IFDC, an international center for soil fertility and agricultural development, a five-year cooperative agreement in support of the Accelerating Agricultural Productivity Improvement in Bangladesh (AAPI) project. Ishrat Jahan, AAPI project coordinator and IFDC country representative in Bangladesh, said, “The AAPI project is…

New Project Helps Rwanda to Privatize its Fertilizer Sector

December 14, 2010 – KIGALI, Rwanda, and MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. – The Rwandan government has enlisted IFDC’s assistance to support the private sector’s increased involvement in the fertilizer industry. The government wants the private sector to eventually take over the responsibility of fertilizer importation, distribution and sale to farmers. The Privatization of Rwanda’s Fertilizer Import and Distribution System (PReFER) is…

Thrust on Attaining Autarky in Foodgrain Production

Dhaka, Bangladesh – Fertilizer and modern irrigation techniques are indispensable for ensuring high crop yields and Bangladesh’s self-sufficiency in food grains, according to officials at the Guti Urea Award Ceremony. The ceremony was organized by the Bangladesh Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), IFDC and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. More than 450 farmers and DAE officials were…

BRRI Honours Granular Urea Users

Dhaka, Bangladesh – Fertilizer producers, farmers and agricultural extension officers were honored at an award ceremony at the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council in Dhaka. According to IFDC resident representative Ishrat Jahan, about a million farmers in the country use granular urea. In addition to urea deep placement, farmers are trained in the use of improved seeds, water and nutrient managment…

IFDC’s CATALIST SEW Project Contributes to Rwanda’s National Tree Week

The CATALIST/SEW project participated in Rwanda’s National Tree Week. It is estimated that 44 million trees have been prepared in Rwanda this year. Of those trees, SEW is responsible for nine percent of the contribution at the national level – nearly four million trees. SEW prepared 923,900 seedlings of agroforestry trees and 2,967,100 seedlings of woodlot trees in 2010. Seventy…

IFDC Announces New Project: COMESA Regional Agricultural Inputs Program (COMRAP)

December 7, 2010 – MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. – IFDC is helping implement a new project that will reach about three million smallholder farmers in eight countries within the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). The countries are Burundi, Ethiopia, Malawi, Rwanda, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe; the program will impact 10 to 15 percent of smallholder farmers in…

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