Month: November 2012

Jimmy Cheek Receives Top Alumni Award from Texas A&M

Jimmy G. Cheek, chancellor of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has received a top alumni award from Texas A&M University. Cheek serves on the IFDC board of directors and chairs the board of advisors for the Virtual Fertilizer Research Center (VFRC), an innovative global research initiative established under the auspices of IFDC. Cheek was given the College of Agriculture and…

Striving to Increase African Food Productivity

“For decades food security and self-sufficiency in Africa have been seen as a distant dream. The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme, however, hopes to make it a reality, and while it may have begun with a slow start, its coordinators are confident it will produce more positive results in the coming years. The program is implemented through the African Union’s…

Impala Project Claims Measured Successes At Year-One Celebration

Cervejas de Moçambique (CdM) is celebrating the first year of production of its new Impala beer, brewed mainly from cassava tubers produced by smallholder farmers in Nampula province. Project collaborator IFDC organized and trained cassava farmers in best agricultural practices to ensure quality and efficient production. According to CdM, more than 500 farmers in Nampula province are shifting from subsistence…

Looming Shortage of Key Crop Nutrient Pushes Call for Conservation

Experts debate how long reserves of phosphorus will last but agree that more efficient and judicious use of the vital crop nutrient is needed. “There is no indication there is going to be a ‘peak phosphorus’ event within the next 20-25 years,” says a study by IFDC, adding that “phosphate rock reserves to produce fertilizer will be available for 300-400…

Government To Establish Fertilizer Production Plant

Accra, Ghana – The Ghanaian government and foreign investors are discussing establishing a fertilizer production plant to utilize the byproducts from Ghana’s crude oil production, according to Maurice Tanco Abisa Seidu, chief director of Ghana’s Ministry of Food and Agriculture, during the launch of the USAID West Africa Fertilizer Program. “Whether fertilizer is imported or produced locally, it is our…

Tree Planting Week: 17,000 Planted

NYANZA, Rwanda – IFDC is supporting Rwanda’s 2012-2013 national tree planting campaign, which began with the planting of over 17,000 trees on 24 hectares in the Nyanza District. Minister of Natural Resources Stanislas Kamanzi officiated the event and noted that the government plans to plant 22 million trees this year. According to Kamanzi, “If well protected, forests play a critical…

Fertilizer Importing Firms Advised to Set Up Storage Facilities in Remote Areas

Accra, Ghana – During the launch of the USAID West Africa Fertilizer Program, fertilizer importing companies were advised to deliver their goods in a timely manner and to set up storage facilities in remote areas. According to Kwesi Ahwoi, Ghana’s Minister of Food and Agriculture, in a speech read on his behalf, collaboration between private fertilizer companies and the government…

IFDC Launches USAID West Africa Fertilizer Program

Accra, Ghana –The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) launched the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) West Africa Fertilizer Program in Accra, November 15, 2012, under the theme: “Ensuring availability and use of affordable fertilizers in the sub-region.” Read the full press release

IFDC Launches USAID West Africa Fertilizer Program

November 15, 2012 – Accra, Ghana –The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) launched the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) West Africa Fertilizer Program in Accra, November 15, 2012, under the theme: “Ensuring availability and use of affordable fertilizers in the sub-region.” Download Press Release

Global Alliance to Strengthen Research-Farmer Links

“An international alliance of research institutions will try to implement the results of agricultural research and to communicate findings to smallholder farmers in developing nations. The Association of International Research and Development Centres for Agriculture (AIRCA) was launched last month (30 October) at the Second Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development in Uruguay. The partnership’s overall aim is to…