Month: December 2011

Cassava Beer Rolls Out in Mozambique

SABMiller is introducing Impala, a beer made from cassava sourced locally from smallholder farmers in Mozambique. The brewer is working with IFDC and DADTCO to help cassava farmers 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 will eventually use up to 40,000 tons…

Supporting South Sudan’s Vision for the Future

The United States government hosted the International Engagement Conference for South Sudan to highlight the country’s development priorities and opportunities for engagement with public and private sector partners. Through the Feed the Future initiative, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is working with IFDC and other partners to strengthen agricultural development to drive broad-based economic growth in the new…

Leaders Urged to Protect Planted Trees as IFDC Continues to Increase Forest Cover

NYANZA, Kenya – Local leaders in Rwanda were encouraged to actively participate in the sustainable management and protection of existing forests and newly planted trees during a two-day workshop organized by the Rwandan Ministry of Natural Resources and IFDC’s Sustainable Energy Production through Woodlots and Agroforestry (SEW) project. According to Bonaventure Nduwayezu, SEW officer, some residents are illegally cutting down…

Nigeria: Implications of Fertilizer Subsidy Removal

Because fertilizer has been subsidized to such a degree, there has been no incentive for the private sector to build either a fertilizer distribution system or a retail sales network. Therefore, fertilizer often fails to reach the smallholder farmers who need it the most. A voucher program in Nigeria is helping ensure that fertilizer reaches targeted smallholder farmers while building…