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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 of excellence with expertise in fertilizers to service the needs of developing countries. It was first established as a private, non-profit corporation under the laws of the State of Alabama, United States. Once established, IFDC immediately began the process of qualifying to become a PIO.

“As a public international organization, IFDC became truly international in composition, financing and operation,” said Dr. Amit Roy, IFDC president and CEO. “The designation has contributed greatly to the Center’s success over the years.”

Under U.S. law, the designation allows IFDC to receive widespread support, cooperation and backing from the world community it was created to serve. As a PIO, IFDC is entitled to the privileges, exemptions and immunities conferred by the International Organizations Immunities Act.


IFDC Contacts:
Courtney Greene
+1 256-381-6600 ext. 357

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