Month: August 2011

An Innovative Trail for Rice Production: ILSAFARM’s Impact

August 31, 2011 – DHAKA, Bangladesh, and MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala., United States – IFDC has released the video “An Innovative Trail for Rice Production” to highlight the impact of the Improved Livelihood for Sidr-Affected Rice Farmers (ILSAFARM) project in Bangladesh. The video includes inspiring profiles of Bangladeshis whose lives have significantly improved as a result of the project. In late…

Encouraging Private Investment in Agricultural Research: Myth or Necessity for Developing Countries

Joshua Ariga, IFDC economist, discusses public and private investments in agricultural research and development. “The focus for many developing countries is on increasing both public and private investments for improving the performance of the agricultural sector; an issue that is being pursued at national, regional and international levels. Identifying the right technologies, developing output and input markets, prioritizing agriculture in…

SFB Hosts Conference on Value Chain Financing

August 30, 2011 – The School of Finance and Banking (SFB) is holding a conference on value chain financing in the agricultural sector, in collaboration with Terrafina Microfinance, IFDC and World Vision Rwanda. Conference panel discussions will focus on the role of finanical institutions in improving access to agricultural loans.

The Value of Market Information

Patrice Annequin, IFDC market information specialist, discusses how technology and market information systems can help farmers’ reach potential buyers. “Cell phones allow you to contact almost anyone in the world; that already extends a farmer’s market reach…” Annequin says. “…But access to information is only one thing. Farmers need to know how to take advantage of that information…”

Minister Advocates Cassava Content Law

Nigerian Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, is advocating for a law that requires confectioneries to consist of 40 percent cassava and 60 percent wheat flour. The statement was made during an inspection of the Taraba State-owned Cassava Processing Plant. Scott Wallace, IFDC country representative to Nigeria, was a member of the inspection team, which also included…

Global TraPs Project to Explore Phosphorus Fertilizer Management

The third workshop of the Global TraPs project will take place August 29-30, 2011, in Zurich, Switzerland. About 70 participants from more than a dozen countries will gather to explore how humans can more sustainably manage phosphorus (P), particularly phosphate fertilizer. Dr. Amit H. Roy, IFDC president and CEO, and Dr. Roland W. Scholz, chair of the Natural and Soil…

Roy Awarded Distinguished Alumnus Award from Alma Mater

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, India, awarded IFDC President and CEO Dr. Amit Roy the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award. Roy was honored at the 57th Convocation August 18. The Institute was ranked as the best engineering college in India by Outlook magazine in 2009 and 2010. It is also recognized as an Institute of National Importance by the…

Rice Cooperative Receives Loan Through Inventory Credit System

Aug. 17, 2011 – KAMONYI, Rwanda – Rice farmers belonging to the Mukunguri Rice Growers Cooperative in Rwanda can now access credit using their harvest as a guarantee for the borrowed funds. The cooperative has received a loan of Rwf 150 million (US $252,000) from the Rwanda branch of Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) through an inventory credit system facilitated by…

KCB Extends Rwf 150 Million Loan to Rice Cooperative

KAMONYI, Rwanda – The Mukunguri Rice Growers Cooperative is receiving a Rwf 150 million loan from the Rwanda branch of Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB). The loan was secured with the assistance of IFDC through an inventory credit system. An inventory credit system allows farmers to store agricultural commodities after a harvest until prices increase. The stored crops can be used…

The Fuel Wood Value Chain and Improved Charcoal Production

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. The 40-minute film will be used extensively in the CATALIST/SEW focus countries – Burundi,…

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