Month: June 2012

In DRC, Some Tout Fertilizer as Agrarian Panacea

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo – Farmers in the Kivu region of DRC are benefiting from improved fertilization practices promoted by the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC). Farmers are learning that “the correct mixture of chemical and organic fertilizer, along with improved seeds, can triple or quadruple yields of maize, rice, beans and potatoes.” According to scientist Dr. Henk Breman,…

With Help from Feed the Future Voucher Program, Business Thriving for Agro-Dealer in Mozambique

Mozambique – Farmer and agro-dealer Moises Vilanculos developed his own brand of certified high-quality seeds with help from Feed the Future and IFDC. Vilanculos expanded his business in 2009 through assistance from a fertilizer voucher program. He received training in business management and the correct use of agro-inputs. Vilanculos now owns an agro-dealer shop where he sells agro-inputs and transfers product…

Cooperation Reinforced Between U.S., West and Central African Cotton Industries

WASHINGTON, D.C., USA – Leaders of the U.S. cotton industry and high-ranking government officials representing West and Central African countries are building a foundation for enhanced communication and cooperation. In an address to West and Central African representatives, Chuck Coley, chairmain of the National Cotton Council, said, “In recent months, we have strongly encouraged the U.S. government to provide funding…

Soil Fertility Key to Realizing Green Revolution, Says Expert

The Director General of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Dr. Nteranya Sanginga, has warned that the quest for a ‘Green Revolution’ in Africa may not be realized if adequate attention is not paid to managing soil fertility on the continent. He was addressing participants at the Global Cassava Partnership in Kampala on Wednesday. “‘Green Revolution’ is a term used…

Dr. Jimmy Cheek Elected to IFDC Board of Directors

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala., United States – Dr. Jimmy G. Cheek, chancellor of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, was elected to a three-year term on the IFDC board of directors, effective June 18, 2012. Dr. Cheek also serves as the chairman of the board of advisors of the Virtual Fertilizer Research Center (VFRC), a position he has held since its inception…

Federal and Taraba Governments Launch First Fertilizer Blend for Tubers

ABUJA, Nigeria – Nigeria’s Federal and Taraba governments, in collaboration with IFDC, have launched the country’s first fertilizer blend made specifically for roots and tuber crops, such as cassava and yams. According to Scott Wallace, IFDC country representative in Nigeria, “The root and tuber blend (nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, sulfur) will go a long way in assisting cassava and yam farmers…

Dr. Jimmy Cheek Elected to IFDC Board of Directors

June 19, 2012 – MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala., United States – Dr. Jimmy G. Cheek, chancellor of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, was elected to a three-year term on the IFDC board of directors, effective June 18, 2012. Cheek also serves as the chairman of the board of advisors of the Virtual Fertilizer Research Center (VFRC), a position he has held…

Nigeria to Benefit from $13.5m Cocoa Initiative

The African Cocoa Initiative (ACI) is expected to lead to the establishment of 100,000 cocoa farms in Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria. According to Scott Wallace, IFDC country representative in Nigeria, “The program will foster public-private cooperative investments in cocoa and agriculture. It will also improve the genetic quality and productivity of cocoa varieties under cultivation and expand farmers’…

IFDC, NPFS Partner on UDP Technology

IFDC trained nearly 1,000 Nigerian farmers in urea deep placement technology in 2011 with funding from the U.S Agency for International Development and the National Programme for Food Security (NPFS). UDP – a simple yet innovative technology – involves the placement of urea briquettes deep into the soil so that the nitrogen is absorbed more effectively. UDP increases yields and…

FCI Trade Summit in Ghana Helps Deliver Solutions to Africa’s Food Security

“The term “food security” is everywhere in the news media, but do you ever wonder how the actual solution to hunger in the developing world is being played out? Results are tangible at the Farm Chemicals International Trade Summit, where crop input buyers and sellers help fortify the value chain. More than 230 delegates from 16 countries gathered at the…

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