Month: March 2012

Improving Regional Fertilizer Markets in West Africa

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) Policy Brief 20 analyzes the structure and performance of fertilizer markets in West Africa and offers recommendations to improve market performance. According to the brief, “While increasing agricultural productivity in West Africa faces numerous challenges, one of the keys will be fertilizer market development. The region can gain large economies of scale, as well…

NPCA and IFDC Partner to Strengthen Value Chains in East Africa

March 21, 2012 – MUSCLE SHOALS, Alabama – The National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) and IFDC are partnering to support the development of agricultural value chains in East Africa through Farmer-to-Farmer (FTF) Niche Projects. IFDC will utilize both on-the-ground and online volunteer networks managed by NPCA to strengthen agricultural value chains, ultimately increasing incomes for smallholder farmers and their families.…

South Sudan Receives Historic Fertilizer Consignment For Transforming Agricultural Production

JUBA, South Sudan – “On March 11, South Sudan received its first-ever consignment of fertilizers, imported from Kenya and purchased with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through a new project – Seeds for Development – which is jointly implemented by the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).…

Notore and the Pursuit of Sustainable Food Security

Notore Chemical Industries in Nigeria is the only urea producer in Sub-Saharan Africa. According to Forbes, “Notore is boosting Africa’s farm yields and working assiduously towards accelerating the continent’s green revolution.” In order to make fertilizer more accessible to farmers, Notore sells its products in a variety of package sizes and prices. It is one of the world’s lowest-cost fertilizer…

Rwanda: Access to Credit Facilities Still Challenge for Farmers

A meeting was held with representatives from the Rwanda Development Bank, the Ministry of Agriculture, farmers, agro-dealers, financial institutions, USAID and IFDC to discuss farmers’ difficulty acquiring agricultural loans. According to the article: “Lack of access to credit facilities means many farmers find it hard to purchase inputs such as fertilizers, which are critical in agricultural production. The meeting considered…

35 Years After Executive Order, Area Center Still Fights Hunger

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala., United States – “A presidential order issued 35 years ago today gave a Shoals organization the teeth it needed to take a bite out of world hunger. President Jimmy Carter signed an executive order March 14, 1977, designating the International Fertilizer Development Center of Muscle Shoals as a public international organization. Amit Roy, president and CEO of…

Common Cassava: An Industrial Crop to Alleviate Poverty

“…Ghana is the third-largest producer of cassava in Africa after Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is a crop with very low production cost, extremely resilient and performs well on marginal lands. Cassava is cultivated by over 90 percent of Ghana’s farming population and it constitutes 22 percent of the country’s agricultural GDP. In fact, the crop can…

IFDC Marks 35 Years as a Public International Organization

March 14, 2012, MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala., United States – Today marks the 35th anniversary of IFDC’s designation as a ‘public international organization’ (PIO) by Executive Order 11977, signed by President Jimmy Carter in 1977. (Executive Order 11977 can be viewed below.) IFDC was created in October 1974 at the urging of U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger as a center…

World Cocoa Foundation African Cocoa Initiative Will Benefit 100,000 Cocoa Farm Families

ACCRA, Ghana –  “The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF), the U.S. government’s Feed the Future Initiative and the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) officially launched the WCF African Cocoa Initiative (WCF/ACI) today in a ceremony co-hosted with the Ghana Cocoa Board and key African stakeholders, including regional government officials and NGO partners.This Global Development Alliance partnership, supported by Feed the Future through…

Extending Agro-Dealer Networks in Africa

“IFDC has released a video documenting the impact of the Extending Agro-Dealer Networks (EADN) project, which trained more than 1,400 agro-dealers throughout Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The video highlights EADN’s technology transfer activities, such as field demonstrations and field days, and the project’s role in association building and facilitating and strengthening linkages among actors in the value chain…” CSR Africa…