Month: April 2014

FDP in Sub-Saharan Africa


Use of FDP in Bangladesh has proven to increase production and incomes across the value chain. Since 2009 the technology has been implemented in Africa and is now part of projects across 17 countries in SSA. When used with improved water management practices and seeds, farmers can receive up to an additional yearly income of $400/hectare (ha). And while FDP has been used most widely on rice, initial field trials indicate that the technology is well-suited for other cereal crops and vegetables.

A Hero of Earth Day – An Update from the Field

After sending out Humayun Kabir’s story to our global communications team, we heard from an IFDC soil scientist in Bangladesh who knows Kabir personally and witnessed his thriving first-hand.Since we last heard from Kabir, he was leasing a hectare of land to set up a demonstration field for fertilizer deep placement. His goal was to teach farmers about the benefits of better fertilizer…

A Hero of Earth Day


Humayun Kabir is a hero of earth day. He is an icon of sustainable farming for his family, his nation and the rest of the world.

Sustainable Farming Key to Earth Day, Says IFDC

IFDC Media Statement For Immediate Release Monday, April 14, 2014 (MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala.) Dr. Amit Roy, president and CEO of the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), issued the following statement in advance of Earth Day on April 22, 2014. “Environmental efforts like Earth Day must start with farmers, particularly smallholders. These keepers of our land produce the world’s food. “We…

Sustainable Farming – Good for Smallholders, Good for the Earth

A Development-Minded View of Earth Day 2014: Part 1 As this year’s Earth Day celebrations continue throughout the month, I’m reminded of the gap between those with #firstworldproblems and those who go to bed wondering about tomorrow’s meals. Earth Day has raised awareness of previously overlooked issues and is changing the way first-world populations live. However, we must remember that…

Sustainable Farming


Smallholder farmers are responsible for providing over 80% of the food consumed in developing countries. Learn about some of the challenges they face and how IFDC is helping to alleviate them

Hunger and Poverty – By the Numbers


Poverty and Hunger are global silent killers. Learn how IFDC is helping to alleviate the issues.

Seeds of Growth Trailer

An overview of the video, “Seeds of Growth: The Policy Change That Transformed Agricultural Inputs Supply in Nigeria,” that tells the story of the nation’s new focus on agriculture to build its economy and increase food security. View full video.

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