Month: February 2012

Volunteers Use Web to Collaborate With African Farmers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – “Africa Rural Connect (ARC), a program by the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA), the nation’s leading nonprofit supporting Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and the Peace Corps community, is getting a major boost from a new partnership with the nonprofit agricultural organization IFDC. Under the partnership, volunteers with NPCA and IFDC will share information about agricultural markets on…

Developing Rural Agribusinesses to Transform South Sudan’s Agriculture

JUBA, South Sudan – After years of technological isolation due to protracted war, the world’s newest nation – South Sudan – prepares to transform its agricultural production to meet rapidly growing food demands. With U.S. Government support through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), rural agro-dealers from Central, Eastern, and Western Equatoria states were trained on how to effectively supply and…

Educational Video Series Raises Awareness of Fertilizer’s Role in Plant Health and Global Food Security

February 27, 2012, MUSCLE SHOALS, Alabama, United States – IFDC has released an educational video series, “The Primary Nutrients in Plant Growth,” that explores the roles of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and secondary and micronutrients in plant nutrition. The five-part series of four- to eight-minute videos is hosted by John Shields, interim director of IFDC’s Research and Development Division. The series…

Reality TV Show Gives Kenyan Farms a Makeover

“A Kenyan reality television show is working to plug the gap between smallholder farmers and researchers – and has the potential to boost crop yields for millions of viewers and generate millions for rural communities, according to its creator. Shamba Shape-Up (Shamba is the Swahili word for ‘small farm’) combines celebrity presenters and upbeat music with expert advice on soil…

Fertilizer Industry Round Table Meeting Hosted by IFDC

February 21, 2012 – MUSCLE SHOALS, Alabama, United States – The Fertilizer Industry Round Table (FIRT), a forum for industry leaders from across the supply chain to share best practices, innovations and market trends, held its annual board of directors meeting February 14 at IFDC’s headquarters in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. The board, consisting of 37 members and chaired by William…

Developing Rural Agribusinesses to Transform Agriculture in South Sudan

February 21, 2012 – JUBA, South Sudan – Rural agro-dealers across the Equatoria states of South Sudan last week received training to improve their business management skills and knowledge of agro-inputs (including fertilizer, improved seeds, and crop protection products) to help the country transform its agriculture from subsistence farming to commercial production. With U.S. Government support through the U.S. Agency…

Fertilizer Center Inducted by Hall of Engineering

“The 2012 class of the Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame includes a space shuttle pilot, four aerospace engineers, a space museum, a shipping container terminal and a Shoals-based organization that helps farmers around the world. The International Fertilizer Development Center is among seven inductees for the hall that honors individuals, projects, corporations and institutions that bring significant recognition to Alabama.…

IFDC Inducted into 2012 Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame

Dr. Amit Roy, IFDC president and CEO, accepts award on behalf of IFDC upon induction into the 2012 Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame. Presenting the award and congratulations is Chairman Maury Gaston. IFDC was the only corporation/organization inducted in 2012. Five individuals and two projects were also inducted. The awards ceremony was held February 18 in Huntsville, Alabama. IFDC staff…

Smallholder Farmers Seek Access to Fertilizer Technology

“As global demand rises at a rapid pace, smallholder farmers look for new ways to improve their yields… …Investment in fertilizer research comprises only 0.1 percent of companies’  total revenue, according to Dr. Amit Roy, president and CEO of the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC). Yet, R&D companies spend an estimated 9 percent of their revenue on seed research. ‘In…

Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame to Hold 2012 Ceremony

IFDC will be inducted into the Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame for its research in improving fertilizer technologies. The ceremony will be held on February 18 in Huntsville, Alabama. Founded in 1987 by proclamation of the governor, the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame honors, preserves and perpetuates the outstanding accomplishments and contributions of individuals, projects and corporations/institutions that…

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