Month: November 2011

Encore Volunteer says “I’m Ready To Go Again!”

Encore volunteer Larry Badger describes his experience as a volunteer with IFDC’s East and Southern Africa Division, based in Nairobi. Badger used his background in video production to help produce short films explaining the importance of IFDC’s presence in East Africa. The video “The Land of a Thousand Hills” describes the work of the Privatization of Rwanda’s Fertilizer Import and…

Cassava Beer Launched in Mozambique

MAPUTO, Mozambique – Cervejas de Moçambique, a subsidiary of SABMiller Plc, has announced its new Impala beer, which is 70 percent cassava and 30 percent barely. An estimated 40,000 tons of cassava will be used each year to produce the beer. This will provide employment to over 1,500 smallholder farmers and their families, who will receive technical assistance from IFDC.…

Northern Farmers Complain of High Cost of Farming

TAMALE, Ghana – Farmers at a forum in northern Ghana voiced concerns that high interest rates, poor road infrastructure and expensive agro-inputs may affect the country’s food production. Dr. Kofi Debrah, IFDC country representative, suggested that farmers utilize the new mFarm initiative, an application that facilitates information-sharing among farmers, agro-dealers, aggregators and the transport sector. Read the full article from…

CFC, IFDC Launch New Discoveries in Cassava Revolution

“Cassava Revolution” is a documentary demonstrating how a public-private partnership is transforming cassava production into a commercially viable enterprise. The film showcases the Cassava Plus project in Nigeria, which helps smallholder farmers shift from subsistence to commercial cassava production by linking them to value-added markets. The film was produced by Communicating for Change (CFC) for IFDC, in partnership with the…

VFRC Holds Third Board of Advisors Meeting

November 3, 2011 – MUSCLE SHOALS, Alabama, United States – The Board of Advisors of the Virtual Fertilizer Research Center (VFRC) met October 30-31, 2011, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The 14-member Board represents a broad spectrum of international experts in the fields of agriculture, fertilizer, food security, sustainable development, soil science and international philanthropy. The VFRC is a new IFDC…

For Kyrgyz Farmers, a Model Partnership

The Kyrgyz Agro-Input Enterprise Development (KAED) Follow-On project and its predecessors (KAED and KAED II) were featured in the November/December issue of the FrontLines newsletter, published by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). IFDC launched its activities in Kyrgyzstan in 2001 through the USAID-funded KAED project, which supported the development of agro-dealers and increased agricultural production by encouraging the…

Great Lakes: At Risk of “War for Food, Space”

KIGALI, Rwanda – High population density, low government support for agriculture, and poor infrastructure and farming methods have resulted in chronic food insecurity in Africa’s Great Lakes region, experts say, despite a climate conducive to growing various crops. According to Dr. Henk Breman of IFDC, the Green Revolution bypassed Africa partly because of farmers’ lack of finance and governments’ lack of…

African Beer: Cassava by the Pint

Mozambique – SABMiller is launching the first commercial-scale cassava-based beer, using locally sourced cassava in Mozambique. Project partners IFDC and DADTCO are helping cassava farmers in Mozambique increase production through improved agricultural practices and the use of mobile processing units that eliminate the need to transport the raw material long distances.

SABMiller Launches First Ever Cassava Lager in Mozambique

SABMiller News Release November 1, 2011, Mozambique – SABMiller plc (SAB.L), one of the world’s largest brewers, today announces the launch of the first ever commercial-scale cassava-based beer. The beer, ‘Impala’, will be brewed in Mozambique by SABMiller’s local subsidiary, Cervejas de Moçambique (CDM). The launch marks the latest step in SABMiller’s ambition to create a portfolio of high-quality, affordable beers…