Month: May 2011

New Platform to Help Farmers Get Market Data

NAIROBI, Kenya  – AMITSA is a new platform that will provide farmers with up-to-date data of agricultural inputs. “The system will change the picture of agriculture for the better,” said Patrice Annequin, IFDC market information specialist. View full article.

The Hunger Challenge: Feeding the World Isn’t Easy

MUSCLE SHOALS, Alabama – “With the world population expected to increase by almost 3 billion people by 2050, a Muscle Shoals organization will be at the forefront of ensuring farm production increases accordingly. Scientists at IFDC’s Muscle Shoals headquarters and at outposts around the world are searching for new ways to produce fertilizer that costs less, is more environmentally friendly…

Though Headquartered There, IFDC Not a Part of TVA

MUSCLE SHOALS, Alabama – “…In April 1974, amid food shortages around the world and rising energy and farm supply prices, then Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, in a speech to the United Nations, pledged the availability of U.S. fertilizer technology and strong material support. Kissinger said there would be the establishment of ‘an international action on two specific areas of…

Nations Conquer Hunger Through IFDC’s World-Changing Work

MUSCLE SHOALS, Alabama – “Improved technologies have enabled me to triple my harvest for potatoes, maize and wheat,” said Joseph Gafaranga, who is a Rwandan farmer and executive secretary of Imbaraga-North, an organization of farmers in Africa. IFDC works with farmers in developing countries and with the agriculture industry to increase crop production through the use of fertilizer.

Africa’s Food Security Hinges on Access to Technology

NAIROBI, Kenya – “Even a modest increase in the transfer of technology and information through the agriculture value chain would increase crop production in Africa tenfold, according to experts who took part in the FCI Trade Summit in May 15-18 in Nairobi, Kenya… …IFDC used the FCI Trade Summit to formally unveil its Internet-based price-reporting tool for East Africa. The…

Des Guerriers Pour La Revolution Verte Au Faso

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso – Launched in May 2011, the primary goal of the PRODIB project is to increase agricultural productivity and to boost the incomes of approximately 375,000 smallholder farmers in Burkina Faso. Read the full article (in French)

USAID Administrator Talks About “The True Yields of Food Security”

WASHINGTON – In a keynote speech today at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs Symposium, Rajiv Shah, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, discussed progress made through the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative – Feed the Future. According to Shah, “Agriculture depends on the strength of public and private institutions working and investing together, building new…

Project to Strengthen Farmers’ Access to Agro-Inputs Launched in Burkina Faso

May 24, 2011 – OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso – The Professionalization of Agro-Input Dealers in Burkina Faso (PRODIB) project is being launched today in Ouagadougou. PRODIB will increase the availability, accessibility and affordability of quality agro-inputs in Burkina Faso. Among those taking part in the project launch were Dr. Abdoulaye Combary, Burkina Faso’s Minister of Agriculture, Water and Water Resources; Dr.…

In Free Market, Seeds of Africa’s Food Solution

CATANDICA, Mozambique – Mozambican farmers using improved seeds are seeing increased crop yields. Funded by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, an IFDC project in Mozambique is strengthening agro-dealer networks to make improved seed and other inputs available to rural farmers. Last year, 25,000 farmers in northern Mozambique had access to information on hybrid seed, according to Gil…