Month: November 2015

#IFDCSoilChat: Soil Health and the Smallholder Farmer

Healthy soil is the foundation for a food-secure future. But soil degradation plagues one-third of the earth’s land area, resulting in a global economic loss of $40 billion per year. Those most affected – the world’s smallholder farmers – depend on fertile soils for their livelihoods and food security. How do we nourish the soil and the people who depend…

Looking Toward the Future with Climate Smart Technology

The USAID Scaling Up Fertilizer Deep Placement and Microdosing Technologies in Mali project improves food security and incomes for smallholder entrepreneurs. Fertilizer deep placement – or in this case, urea deep placement (UDP) – is a climate-smart yield-increasing technology. IFDC trained Rokiatou Diallo and her cooperative to use UDP. She shares her story below: My name is Rokiatou Diallo. I…

NewDay – Discussing food security and technology

IFDC President and CEO Scott Angle and Sheila Assibey-Yeboah, Deputy Program Leader of GhanaVeg, discuss fertilizer’s role in strengthening food security in Ghana.


Photo Gallery: Scott Angle Visits IFDC Projects in Kenya and Ghana

IFDC President and CEO Dr. Scott Angle recently traveled to the organization’s projects and offices in Accra and Tamale, Ghana, and Nairobi, Kenya. Angle visited farmer learning centers implemented by the Feed the Future Ghana Agriculture Technology Transfer Project. The project introduces new yield-enhancing technologies to farmer communities. He also discussed food security with donors and partners and attended a Science Day hosted by the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) in Nairobi.

Click on the first photo below to view a slideshow of Angle’s trip:

USAID C4CP: Empowering Women in West Africa’s Cotton Sector

Two New Infographics: USAID C4CPhelps smallholder cotton farmers in West Africa increase yields and profits.

8 Ways AIMS III Increased Crop Production

The AIMS III project concluded earlier this year. Learn more about it’s successes.

Staff Highlight – Dr. Deborah T. Hellums

Dr. Deborah Hellums joined IFDC in 1979 as a research assistant. In 1986, she was named Research Associate and in 1993, Scientist – Soil Fertility. She currently serves as Program Leader of the Soil and Nutrient Dynamics Program and as the Acting Chief Program Officer, Office of Programs.

Staff Highlight – Heather Gasaway

Heather Gasaway began working at IFDC in 2009 as a Graphic Artist/Web Designer. She is currently responsible for the design, development and management of IFDC’s website, In addition, she manages IFDC’s internal SharePoint site and assists with print publications.

Staff Highlight – Oscar Nduwimana

Agronomist and Soil Scientist “I am passionate about Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) and how the approach can become a reality in farmers’ minds and practices. Oscar Nduwimana is an agronomist and soil scientist who has conducted balanced fertilizer trials through the PAN-PNSEB project. Prior to joining IFDC in 2013, Nduwimana was employed at Twitezimbere in Burundi, where he maintained…

How a Nigerian Agro-Dealer Transformed from Mentee to Mentor

The Feed the Future Nigeria Agro-Inputs Project strengthens private sector agro-dealer networks in rural areas. Business training is one of the project’s flagship activities. Entrepreneur Yahaya Dahiru attended an agro-dealership training program and now mentors others. His story is below. “After the training, my sales increased because my customer reach expanded. The marketing and business tips I received, along with…

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