Month: May 2014

Family Farmers: Fighting Against Food Waste and Hunger


Food waste and hunger go hand in hand. Farming families can have a positive impact as they play a vital role in alleviating hunger.

Food Waste

Tackling Hunger from Both Sides For every person promoting increased food production, another voice says, “We don’t need to grow more food; we already grow enough. What we need to do is tell people to stop wasting food.” Like most solutions in the development world, it’s complicated, and the answer is not often found in a single area. When it…

Africa – Potential and Prosperity

IFDC’s Africa Committee is meeting in Morocco to discuss our progress and future work in sub-Saharan Africa. So let’s talk about Africa and its potential. The biggest trend in African news recently is that of Nigeria’s renewed commitment to agriculture and the benefits of such a move for that nation’s economy. Recently Akinwumi Adesina, Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture, said, “In…

4 Ways to Alleviate Hunger and Poverty

When we talk statistics, let’s talk solutions. According to FAO, about 75% of the world’s poorest people depend on agriculture for their livelihood. And 50% of the world’s hungry people are farming families. Many of these families grow barely enough food to eat – much less have any left over to sell. Further, their current situation isn’t working, whether they…

Mississippi State University President Keenum Elected to IFDC Board

IFDC Press Release For Immediate Release Thursday, May 15, 2014 Contact: Courtney Greene (256-381-6600,, @IFDCNews) May 15, 2014 – Muscle Shoals, Ala., United States – Dr. Mark E. Keenum, president of Mississippi State University (MSU), has been elected to a three-year term on the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) board of directors. “Dr. Keenum’s legacy of leadership in agricultural…

What Farmers Need, Part 3

A Collective Voice “In unity there is strength.” – Aesop Smallholder farmers were once seen as solitary figures, toiling alone in their fields. They had no collective voice and found difficulty in getting their crops to a viable market. And when they did, each person struggled alone to receive a fair price. But now, there is a new face of…

IFDC’s Work with GES and GES TAP Discussed by Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

Dr. Akin Adesina, Minister of Agriculture for the Republic of Nigeria discussed the importance of GES (Growth Enhancement System), which is improving food security in Africa. He also discussed ways in which GES TAP is effecting farming capabilities in Nigeria. Read Full Article

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