Month: March 2011

Dr. Amit Roy to Co-Lead the Global TraPs Project

March 29, 2011 – MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala., and ZÜRICH, Switzerland – Dr. Amit Roy, IFDC president and CEO, has been named co-leader of the Global TraPs project, along with Dr. Roland Scholz, chair of the Natural and Soil Science Interface at ETH Zürich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich). Global TraPs stands for “global transdisciplinary processes preparing for sustainably coping…

Des Engrais à Portée de Main Pour les Agriculteurs (Fertilizer Reaching Farmers’ Hands)

Nigeria – Afin d’améliorer l’accès des petits producteurs du Nigeria aux engrais subventionnés, l’IFDC a développé un programme de coupons d’engrais, en misant sur un partenariat public privé. Cette initiative connaît un franc succès, même si de nombreuses contraintes sont encore à lever. (English translation: To improve farmers’ access to subsidized fertilizer in Nigeria, IFDC is implementing a fertilizer voucher program…

IFDC Continues Accelerating Agriculture

Nalitabari, Bangladesh, and Muscle Shoals, Alabama – IFDC, headquartered in Muscle Shoals, continues to impact food security across the globe. The Minister of Agriculture for Bangladesh, Matia Chowdhury, and U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh, James Moriarty, formally launched the Accelerating Agricultural Productivity Improvement (AAPI) project in the Nalitabari upazila (sub-district) of Bangladesh’s Sherpur district on March 5. The AAPI project is…

Agribusiness in Nigeria

Nigeria – “De Nederlandse ondernemer Peter Bolt durft wat weinig anderen durven: een miljoenenbusiness opzetten in Nigeria. ‘We staan aan het begin van een revolutie.’ Zijn Dutch Agricultural Development Company levert cassavezetmeel aan multinationals en helpt duizenden boeren uit de armoede…”

Bangladesh Minister of Agriculture and U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh Launch Accelerating Agricultural Productivity Improvement (AAPI) Project

Bangladesh Minister of Agriculture, Matia Chowdhury, addresses the attendees of the AAPI launching ceremony. Seated, left to right, Dennis Sharma, USAID Deputy Mission Director, Dr. Amit Roy, IFDC President and CEO, James F. Moriarty, U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh and C.Q.K. Mustaq Ahmed, Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture. March 9, 2011 – NALITABARI UPAZILA, Bangladesh, and MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. – Minister of…

Soaring Oil Price Worries US Ambassador, Asks for Efficient Use of Natural Gas

Nalitabari, Bangladesh – U.S. Ambassador James F. Moriarty called for more efficient use of fertilizer and natural gas at a ceremony launching the Accelerating Agricultural Productivity Improvement (AAPI) project in Bangladesh. The five-year project was officially launched by Moriarty and Bangladesh Minister of Agriculture Matia Chowdhury. AAPI will benefit 3.5 million farmers through improved soil fertility and use of “guti”…

Fertilizer: The Art Of Distribution

“Over the next five years the global population will increase by at least 400 million. Commodity and energy prices may continue their upward spiral as well. Therefore, increased efficiency and effectiveness in the use of land, agriculture inputs, water and labor will be needed as offsets. In the long term, increased efficiency and effectiveness will be of even greater importance.…

Dr. Josué Dioné Joins IFDC Board of Directors

March 2, 2011 – MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. – Dr. Josué Dioné, director of Food Security and Sustainable Development for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), has accepted a three-year appointment to IFDC’s board of directors. Dioné has more than 30 years of experience working with development policies, strategies and programs that focus on agriculture, food security and sustainable…

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