Month: February 2011

Dutch Foreign Affairs Secretary of State Visits CATALIST’s Field Activities in Rwanda

February 17, 2011 – MUSANZE, Rwanda – Dr. Ben Knapen, Dutch State Secretary of Foreign Affairs (European cooperation and development cooperation), and Dr. Agnes Kalibata, Rwanda Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI), visited the Imbaraga Farmers’ Federation, a partner organization of IFDC’s CATALIST project in Cyuve Sector, Musanze District of Rwanda, on Tuesday, Feb. 15. The Dutch Secretary of…

Dutch Foreign Affairs Secretary of State Visits CATALIST’s Field Activities in Rwanda

February 17, 2011 – MUSANZE, Rwanda – Dr. Ben Knapen, Dutch State Secretary of Foreign Affairs (European cooperation and development cooperation), and Dr. Agnes Kalibata, Rwanda Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI), visited the Imbaraga Farmers’ Federation, a partner organization of IFDC’s CATALIST project in Cyuve Sector, Musanze District of Rwanda, on Tuesday, Feb. 15. The Dutch Secretary of…

Are We Running Out of Phosphorus?

“Some people think we are running out of phosphorus, a key ingredient in the plant nutrient mix.” Mike Wilson, editor of Farm Futures, examines both sides of the “peak phosphorus” debate and discusses future supply patterns. Read Wilson’s complete post on the Farm Future blog “This Business of Farming.”

COMESA Comes to Rescue for Landlocked Countries

The COMESA Regional Agricultural Inputs Program (COMRAP) is working to strengthen agro-dealer networks in eight landlocked countries. About 80 agro-dealers were recently trained in the Shiselweni region of Swaziland. IFDC representative Mary Nyaoso attended the training. “We want your businesses to grow,” Nyaoso told agro-dealers during the training workshop. “We want you to have knowledge and skills so that you…

Dutch Secretary of State Visits the Sake-Kitshanga Road

February 15, 2011 – GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo – The Netherlands’ Secretary of State Ben Knapen visited the Sake-Kitshanga road in North Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Nearly 60 kilometers of the road were reconstructed by Helpage as part of CATALIST’s road rehabilitation program in Central Africa’s Great Lakes region. The Sake-Kitshanga road project created 273,070 man-days…

Dutch Secretary of State Visits the Sake-Kitshanga Road

February 15, 2011 – GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo – The Netherlands’ Secretary of State Ben Knapen visited the Sake-Kitshanga road in North Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Nearly 60 kilometers of the road were reconstructed by Helpage as part of CATALIST’s road rehabilitation program in Central Africa’s Great Lakes region. The Sake-Kitshanga road project created 273,070 man-days…

Memorandum Signed on Fertilizers and Soil Fertility

The government of Mozambique and IFDC have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to formalize their joint commitment to improving soil fertility and rural development in the country. IFDC will help the government strengthen Mozambique’s fertilizer industry, train farmers in sound agricultural practices and build the capacity of agro-dealers. Mozambique Agriculture Minister José Pacheco declared that IFDC is a “strategic partner”…

IFDC and Mozambique Government Partner to Improve Food Security

February 11, 2011 – MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. and MAPUTO, Mozambique – IFDC and the government of Mozambique have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalize their joint commitment to improve agricultural productivity through sound and sustainable soil nutrient management practices and agricultural policies. The MoU signing ceremony took place February 11 in Maputo, Mozambique. Under the MoU, IFDC will…

Food Security and Poverty World’s Greatest Challenges

Dr. Amit Roy, IFDC president and CEO, discusses challenges to ensuring food security and reducing poverty: “The United Nations Population Division estimates that the global population is more than 6.8 billion and could reach 9.2 billion by 2050. More than 95 percent of the population growth is occurring in developing countries, which already account for the majority of the global…

Agro-Dealers Trained to Raise Food Production

IFDC’s EADN project is training agro-dealers to act as extension agents for farmers. Currently, the ratio of farmers to agricultural extension officers in Kenya is over 1,200 to one. So far, the project has trained 500 dealers from 20 districs, impacting more than 2,100 farmers. EADN is also introducing urea deep placement in Kenya, a type of fertilizer application that…

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