Month: August 2012

IFDC’s KAED Project Will Distribute Agricultural Machinery to Seed Farms in the Kyrgyz Republic

Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in close cooperation with the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic (GoK), has plans to distribute agricultural equipment to 14 selected seed farms from all seven Kyrgyz provinces as part of the Economic Development Fund (EDF) Program. EDF is a component of IFDC’s Kyrgyz Agro-Input Enterprise Development (KAED) project.…

Food Shortages Could Force World into Vegetarianism, Warn Scientists

“Leading water scientists have issued one of the sternest warnings yet about global food supplies, saying that the world’s population may have to switch almost completely to a vegetarian diet over the next 40 years to avoid catastrophic shortages. Humans derive about 20 percent of their protein from animal-based products now, but this may need to drop to just 5…

Dr. Steven Leath Elected to IFDC Board of Directors

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala., United States – Dr. Steven Leath, president of Iowa State University (ISU), was elected to a three-year term on the IFDC board of directors, effective August 1, 2012. “On behalf of IFDC I welcome Dr. Leath to its board of directors,” said IFDC’s President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Amit H. Roy. “He brings expertise in plant…

ISU President Named to Board of International Food Security Organization

“Iowa State University President Steven Leath has been named to the International Fertilizer Development Center board of directors. The center, a public organization based in Alabama, works to increase food security and agriculture productivity in developing countries through better crop technology and business practices. Board members are from developed and developing countries, and the center receives support from a variety…

Dr. Steven Leath Elected to IFDC Board of Directors

August 15, 2012 – MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala., United States – Dr. Steven Leath, president of Iowa State University (ISU), was elected to a three-year term on the IFDC board of directors, effective August 1, 2012. “On behalf of IFDC I welcome Dr. Leath to its board of directors,” said IFDC’s President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Amit H. Roy. “He…

Global Food Prices Rise in July Due to Extreme Weather

“Global food prices sharply rebounded in July due to wild swings in weather conditions, a UN food and agricultural body has said. The rise has fanned fresh fears of a repeat of the 2007-2008 food crisis which hurt the world’s poorest. Untimely rains in Brazil, drought in the US and production difficulties in Russia drove the rally, said the Food…

Feeding the World in Face of Drought

“…Extreme weather that puts agricultural productivity at risk is unsettlingly frequent. Farmers and ranchers around the globe will likely have to spend more time, energy and resources planning for these dramatic climatic swings. As if that challenge isn’t enough, food production must increase an estimated 60 percent over the next 40 years to feed future populations on virtually the same…

DRC Farmers Reap Benefits of Soil Fertility

BUKAVU, Democratic Republic of Congo – About 12,500 smallholder farmers in the Ruzizi Plain in eastern DRC have increased production by adopting integrated soil fertility managment (ISFM) methods promoted by IFDC’s CATALIST project (now CATALIST-2). Rice farmers’ output has risen from 2.5 tons of rice per hectare to 6-8 tons. ISFM is a set of agricultural practices adapted to local…

Matia Calls on IFDC to Develop Balanced Fertilizer Package

DHAKA, Bangladesh – Bangladesh’s Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury urged the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) to introduce a farmer-friendly balanced fertilizer package similar to urea supergranules (known in Bangladesh as ‘guti urea’). Chowdhury made the statement at a workshop on urea deep placement (UDP) applicators. Chowdhury went on to praise IFDC for its work in Bangladesh to promote and…

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