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.

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.

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…