Month: April 2011

Rain-Fed Tomatoes and Improved Cropping Techniques

Nigeria – “Despite the importance of tomatoes in the daily diet of the Nigerian people and increasing demand for this crop, it has not yet reached its production or marketing potential. However, for the past two years, a real revolution has taken place in northern Nigeria, with the development of rain-fed tomato crops combined with intensive and improved management practices.…

The mFarms Initiative and the Ghana Breadbasket Strategy

TAMALE, Ghana – Dr. Kofi Debrah, IFDC country representative in Ghana, discusses the importance of addressing demand to ensure that increased production finds its way to markets without adversely affecting prices or farmer incomes. By linking with buyers before production begins, farmers have greater opportunities to work within ensured market environments, and may often engage in pre-negotiated price agreements. IFDC’s…

USAID and IFDC Launch Seed Assistance Voucher Program in the Kyrgyz Republic

April 20, 2011 – ALEKSEEVKA, Chui Oblast, Kyrgyz Republic, and MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala., United States – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded $4.1 million to the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) to implement the Seed Assistance Voucher Program in the Kyrgyz Republic. The program, which officially launched April 20, is implemented through the Kyrgyz Agro-Input Enterprise Development…

Phosphorus and “Peak Phosphate”

The International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) discusses phosphorus and the “peak phosphate” theory. Phosphorus is one of the three essential nutrients that plants must have to grow. There are concerns that world phosphate rock production will peak in 2033-2034 and then decrease as reserves are depleted. According to IFDC’s recent study, World Phosphate Rock Reserves and Resources, there is no…