Month: July 2011

Farmers Can Now Access Info on Web, Cell Phones

Farmers in Swaziland will now be able to access information on agricultural markets through the Regional Agricultural Input Market Information and Transparency System (AMITSA). AMITSA is a multi-country, web- and mobile-based market information system on agro-inputs for eastern and southern Africa. AMITSA is a joint initiative of IFDC, the East Africa Community (EAC) and the Common Market for Eastern and…

Peak Phosphate Ahead?

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 about 20 years and then decrease as reserves are depleted. However, according to a study by IFDC, global phosphate rock resources suitable for phosphate-based fertilizers are far more extensive than previously estimated. Read the full…

Agriculturists Call for Strategies to Stem Bushfire Menace

A forum was held in Ghana to discuss agriculture-based strategies to mitigate bushfires in the country. During the forum, Isaac Asare, manager of the Ghana Agro-Dealer Development (GADD) project, discussed the project’s work to increase agricultural productivity and incomes for 850,000 smallholder farmers. Read the full article from Business Ghana.

Kyrgyzstan Businesswomen Find New Success

Women in Kyrgyzstan are increasing their incomes due to support from the Kyrgyz Agro-Input Enterprise Development Follow-On Project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. Read the full article about dairy farmer Tatyana Belinskaya and farm store owner Rayhan Baltabaeva from the U.S. State Department’s IIP Digital.

IFDC Releases Film on Improved Charcoal Production in the Albertine Rift of Central Africa

July 11, 2011 – BUJUMBURA, Burundi, and MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala., United States – IFDC has released an educational and inspirational film, “Makala,” that illustrates improved charcoal production (carbonization) techniques that are more environmentally sustainable than traditional methods. “Charcoalers,” farmers and others involved in the fuel wood value chain are learning the improved techniques through training from IFDC’s CATALIST/SEW project. CATALIST/SEW…

S. Sudan Targets Two Million Metric Tons of Food After Independence

JUBA, Sudan – The soon-to-be new nation of South Sudan has set a target of increasing food production by two million metric tons over three years. The country’s agriculture strategy was revealed by Anne Itto, South Sudan’s Minister of Agriculture and Forestry. In May 2011, a communiqué was signed by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Kingdom of…

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