Climate shifts and natural disasters, such as extreme floods and droughts, can lead to major crop losses. IFDC and the VFRC are researching new fertilizer technologies that mitigate the impact of climate change in developing countries, particularly solutions that maintain or restore soil fertility without harming the environment.
Unfortunately, poverty and hunger go hand-in-hand in many places on Earth. One-eighth of the global population experiences chronic hunger on a daily basis, and according statistics from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), this number is expected to grow if food production does not increase. In addition, 1.4 billion people live in poverty, and one billion of these people live in rural areas and must grow their own food to survive. IFDC is working to bring these farmers out of a cycle of poverty and into a cycle of prosperity through greater access to modern agro-inputs and farming practices and through the development of better-functioning agricultural markets.