Month: September 2012

Entrepreneurial Skills Development Training for Farmers Underway in Yendi

YENDI, Ghana – IFDC is conducting an eight-day workshop to improve the technical skills of farmer-based organizations and small and medium enterprises in Ghana’s Northern Region. Training topics focus on business managment and entrepreneurship development. The training is organized through the Agricultural Value Chain Mentorship Project (AVCMP), which is funded by the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) through the Alliance…

IFDC – 35 Years On

On March 14, the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) celebrated the 35th anniversary of its designation as a ‘public international organization’ (PIO) by Executive Order 11977, signed by President Jimmy Carter in 1977. Originally created in October 1974 and established as a private, non-profit corporation under the laws of the State of Alabama, United States, IFDC has expanded its mission…

Second Chance For an African Green Revolution

“As the world searches desperately for ways to boost food production by at least 70 percent by 2050 to feed an increasingly hungry planet, many are looking to Africa as the place where a large part of this potential can be realized, mainly for its huge portion of arable land. Arusha, Tanzania, will soon become the site of a major…

Can We Feed the World?

“Decades after the Green Revolution took place in many parts of the world, food shortages, high prices, hunger and poverty are major problems. It’s estimated there are about one billion chronically hungry people. Now, a new book poses the question – can we feed the world? Sir Gordon Conway is the author of One Billion Hungry. He says the answer…

IFDC Awarded USAID West Africa Fertilizer Program

September 12, 2012 – MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala., USA – The U.S. Agency for International Development’s West Africa Fertilizer Program (USAID WAFP) seeks to significantly increase food security and reduce poverty and hunger in West Africa. The program will increase the regional availability and use of appropriate and affordable fertilizers through: increased regional supply and distribution of fertilizers by the private…

IFDC Awarded USAID West Africa Fertilizer Program

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala., USA – The U.S. Agency for International Development’s West Africa Fertilizer Program (USAID WAFP) seeks to significantly increase food security and reduce poverty and hunger in West Africa. The program will increase the regional availability and use of appropriate and affordable fertilizers through: increased regional supply and distribution of fertilizers by the private sector; increased knowledge and…

IFDC Works With ACDI/VOCA on Key Food Security Project in Zambia

September 7, 2012 – LUSAKA, Zambia, and MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala., USA – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) recently awarded the Production, Finance and Improved Technology Plus (PROFIT+) project in Zambia to ACDI/VOCA. PROFIT+ is part of the Feed the Future (FtF) global hunger and food security initiative. The project aims to help smallholder farmers to increase productivity…

New Plant Forms From Huntsville Scientists Could Help Feed World’s Hungry

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama, USA – “Earth will have 2 billion more people by 2050, scientists believe, and Alabama could help develop the new plants, seeds and fertilizer to feed them. That’s the plan of two new clients of Huntsville’s HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, who hope to take those discoveries to market. The Kirchner Food Security Group and its affiliated Kirchner Private…

Agriculture Minister Wins Global Award

Rwandan Minister of Agriculture Dr. Agnes Kalibata has been awarded the 2012 Yara Prize for her work to increase food security. Kalibata is a member of the IFDC board of directors. According to a statement from Yara International, “Dr. Agnes Kalibata is being awarded the prize for her great leadership in the transformation of food security and agricultural development in…

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