Month: July 2013

New Breed of Rice Raises Hopes for Kenya’s Domestic Rice Production

A new breed of rice in Kenya has been developed that uses water more efficiently and contains more protein than previously grown breeds. Rice consumption in Kenya is currently on the rise, while the country is still importing two-thirds of the rice it consumes. The breed, IR522, was created by the Kenya Agricultural Institute (KARI) in partnership with the International…

President Obama Speaks on Food Security

U.S. President Barack Obama visited the 2013 Feed the Future (FTF) Agricultural Technology Marketplace in Senegal, which showcased West African businesses, farmers and non-governmental organizations that demonstrated how the FTF initiative is improving the lives of smallholder farmers. IFDC representatives discussed the benefits of fertilizer deep placement (FDP).

“I know that…fertilizer doesn’t always make for sexy copy,” remarked Obama, standing in front of IFDC’s FDP-themed booth. He insisted that while technical details of nourishing the hungry do not make headlines, people should know that their hard work and generosity are helping Africa rise out of poverty.

FDP, developed by IFDC nearly 40 years ago, is the placement of a 1- to 3-gram fertilizer briquette into the soil near a plant’s root zone, either by hand or mechanical applicator. FDP increases farmers’ yields and incomes, requires less fertilizer overall and reduces nutrient loss and environmental impact.

SYMPHOS TV Interview with Dr. Amit Roy

Dr. Amit Roy, president and CEO of IFDC, discusses the need for innovation in fertilizer technology and the effect that a growing population will have on global food security.

Ghana Agro-Dealer Development (GADD) Project

This 15-minute video provides an overview of the GADD project and includes interviews with IFDC experts and Ghanian agro-dealers who have benefited from project efforts. The project ran from 2008 through 2012.

USAID/AgriLinks Interview with John Allgood

John H. Allgood, IFDC chief operating officer and former director of the Center’s EurAsia Division, discusses fertilizer deep placement (FDP) at a USAID Ag Council Seminar in April 2013.

Private Investment in Agriculture Hits N80b, Says Jonathan

Nigeria’s agriculture sector has received more than N80 billion (US $495 million) in investments from the private sector, according to Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan. Jonathan noted that 1.5 million farmers are benefiting from an e-wallet voucher system in which farmers can receive electronic vouchers via mobile phones for subsidized fertilizers and other inputs that are redeemed directly from private seed…

New Issue Available: African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development (AJFAND)

The latest issue of the African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development (AJFAND) is now available. AJFAND is a quarterly, peer-reviewed publication published by the Rural Outreach Africa (ROP Africa), a Kenya-based non-governmental organization that supports resource-poor farmer groups engaged in production and agro-processing at the community level. Initiated in 2001, AJFAND is one of the first continuously published…

International Day of Cooperatives Promotes Economic Growth

July 6, 2013 – MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala., USA – On this day each year, the United Nations’ (UN) General Assembly invites all member governments, international organizations, specialized agencies and national and international cooperative organizations to join in the celebration of the International Day of Cooperatives. Designed to increase global awareness of cooperatives and their impact on economic, social and cultural…

IFDC-AGMARK Agro-Dealer Training for COMESA

Interviews with remarkable agro-dealers who are being trained by IFDC and AGMARK through the COMRAP project.

Inventory Credit System – English Captions

A rice farmer discusses how the inventory credit system has increased her family’s income.

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