Month: September 2011

Sixteen Districts to Benefit From $17m Agriculture Value Chain Project

Ghana – The Agricultural Value Chain Mentorship Project is addressing low agriculture productivity and food insecurity in sixteen districts in Ghana’s Northern Region. The three-year project will target 34,000 smallholder farmers and 680 farmer-based organizations. According to Dr. Kofi Debrah, IFDC country representative, IFDC’s role is to increase rice and soybean farmers’ access to output markets by building the entrepreneurial…

IFDC, SARI Introduce Heat-Tolerant Tomatoes

Ghana – IFDC and the Savannah Agriculture Research Institute (SARI) are introducing a heat-tolerant tomato variety that produces more fruit and has a long shelf-life. The tomato seedlings were acquired from the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi Arid-Tropics. The activity is implemented through the Agricultural Value Chain Mentorship Project in the Northern Region of Ghana. Read the full…

Urea Deep Placement: Hope for Food Self-Sufficiency in West Africa

September 23, 2011 – ABUJA, Nigeria, and MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala., United States – IFDC has released the video “Urea Deep Placement: Hope for Food Self-Sufficiency in West Africa” to showcase the introduction and expansion of urea deep placement (UDP) technology in the region. UDP was introduced in Africa in 2009 after its effectiveness had been proven in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Vietnam…

Why SD Has Failed to Ensure Food Security

MATSAPHA, Swaziland – Local farmers often fail to produce enough food because they lack information about agro-inputs, said Bridget Okumu, IFDC market information systems specialist, during a three-day agro-dealer workshop. To increase farmers’ access to information on fertilizers, seeds and crop protection products, AMITSA will be launched in Ethiopia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe by the end of 2011. AMITSA is a…

AGRA/DANIDA Awards 3.5-Million Dollar Grant for Agriculture Project

Funded by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa and the Danish International Development Agency, the three-year Agricultural Value Chain Mentorship Project (2011-2014) will work to increase the production of rice, maize and soybeans in the Northern Region of Ghana. The project is implemented by IFDC, the Ghana Agricultural Associations Business and Information Center (GAABIC) and the Center for…

South Sudan’s Greenbelt

“…Both the South Sudan Government and USAID see agriculture as one of the keys to diversifying South Sudan’s economy, raising household incomes, and improving food security. And the agriculture sector is one of the Agency’s priorities for investment and collaboration with the South Sudanese, other donors, and the private sector… …In May, USAID, the Netherlands, the Alliance for a Green…