Month: December 2012

Is Speculation Behind the Rise in Food Prices?

Food commodity speculation is often named as a primary cause for the rise in global food prices. However, a new study by researchers at the University of Halle-Wittenberg (Germany) has concluded that the most important factors behind the increase in prices are “avoiding political mistakes, promoting markets, and speeding up the transfer of technology.” Read the full article from Deutsche…

To End Hunger in Africa, We Must Put Women at the Center of Agricultural Growth

“In recent months, we have seen just how interconnected global food markets have become. Droughts in North America, Europe and central Asia have led to decreased global grain supplies and high food prices, which in turn have affected the ability of African communities – particularly in food-importing countries – to feed themselves. With 239 million people on the continent undernourished,…

New Partnerships to Enhance Food Security in Somalia

IFDC is partnering with the Somali Agricultural Technical Group (SATG) and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) to improve maize yields in the Lower Shabelle region of Somalia. The region’s most important crop is maize, but its production is hindered by lack of improved seed varieties, poor farming practices and drought and flooding. SATG will provide low-cost hybrid…

USAID WACIP Builds SOFITEX Capacity

BOBO-DIOULASSO, Burkina Faso – The United States Government supports the cotton sector in Central and West Africa through the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) West Africa Cotton Improvement Program (USAID WACIP). The project covers Benin, Burkina Faso and Chad (along with Mali commonly called the C-4 countries) and Senegal. USAID WACIP is helping increase farmers’ income in cotton-growing…

USAID WACIP Builds SOFITEX Capacity

December 7, 2012 – BOBO-DIOULASSO, Burkina Faso – The United States Government supports the cotton sector in Central and West Africa through the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) West Africa Cotton Improvement Program (USAID WACIP). The project covers Benin, Burkina Faso and Chad (along with Mali commonly called the C-4 countries) and Senegal. USAID WACIP is helping increase…

Nourishing Soil and Stability (Short Version)

This 16-minute version of “Nourishing Soil and Stability” documents the work of IFDC’s CATALIST project in Central Africa’s Great Lakes Region.

“Kizuuse” (Caught Up)


<Spoken in the traditional Luganda language, this 15-minute video warns farmers about the dangers of purchasing adulterated crop protection products. Produced by IFDC, CropLife Africa Middle East, Peter Bloch and Media Productions.

Privatization of Rwanda’s Fertilizer Import and Distribution System

This 7-minute video details the work of the USAID Privatization of Rwanda’s Fertilizer Import and Distribution System (PReFER) project. Implemented by IFDC, PReFER is assisting the Rwandan government as it transfers responsibility for fertilizer procurement and importation to the private sector. For this shift to occur, a professional network of private sector agro-dealers must be created and a sustainable fertilizer supply and distribution system must be in place.

Interview with Luc Maene

Luc Maene, director general of the International Fertilizer Industry Association, discusses the fertilizer industry’s role in agricultural research and development. Maene will retire from IFA, effective December 31, 2012. He will be replaced by Charlotte Hebebrand, formerly the chief executive of the International Food and Agricultural Trade Policy Council.

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