“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.
In 1597 Sir Francis Bacon wrote, “Knowledge is power.” As more of the world’s population has access to information, Bacon’s maxim increases in relevance. Improving farmers’ knowledge increases their ability to control their economic conditions. The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) is committed to improving the agricultural productivity of smallholder farmers by further spreading information and technology…”