Month: August 2016

Visitors on IFDC tour learn about farming technology

IFDC is currently conducting “Advances in Agricultural Production, Water and Nutrient Management,” a workshop designed for innovative farmers, agronomists, soil scientists, researchers and extensionists.

Seed Processing Equipment a Lifeline for Three Seed Companies

It is a flourishing business season for Antika, Ariku, and Heritage Seed, three seed companies in Upper East, Upper West and Northern Regions of Ghana. They have sold over 475 metric tons (mt) of seed processed for this cropping season. With the help of new seed processing machines acquired through the matching grant mechanism of the IFDC-implemented Feed the Future…

Ghanaian Farmers Cash in on UDP Technology

Many rice farmers at the four major irrigation schemes in the Upper East and Northern regions of Ghana have embraced urea deep placement (UDP) technology and continue to make giant strides in their farming business. They are improving their household income level exponentially with assistance from IFDC’s Feed the Future Ghana Agriculture Technology Transfer project. UDP technology enables rice farmers…

Irrigating Seed Fields: a Valuable Contribution to the Seed Sector in Burundi

The ISSD Burundi Project Advisory Committee is an advisory body set up by the project to give its opinions and considerations on the implementation of project activities. The committee consists of 7 members representing the following institutions: the Burundi Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, the National Office of Certification and Seed Control (ONCCS), and the National Seed Committee (CNS). As…

Kayla Thompson: My Internship Experience at IFDC

My name is Kayla Thompson, and I am a senior at the University of North Alabama (UNA). I am majoring in Professional Writing and minoring in Human Computer Interaction/User Experience (HCI/UX). Back in April, when I was applying for internships, I ran across a summer internship at the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, that really interested…

4 Things Only a Writing Intern Will Know

By: Rachel Taylor This summer was not a vacation, but it took me to places I’ve never been – through the stories of those people whom the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) has touched. I started interning as a writer for the IFDC Communications Department this past May, and I had no idea what a briquetting machine was. When that first day…

ISSD: A Demonstration in Quality Seeds

The Integrated Seed Sector Development project (ISSD) in Burundi, funded through the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, strives to ensure smallholder access to quality seeds. Through the project’s promotion of rural economic development and improvement of food security, ISSD plans to strengthen seed enterprises in East and Southern Africa through 2018. While ISSD works to achieve its goal in…

New Chapter in Kenya

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between IFDC and the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries in Kenya has prepared the ground for much broader collaboration with public-sector agencies in the country. As part of the Toward Sustainable Clusters in Agribusiness through Learning in Entrepreneurship (2SCALE) consortium, IFDC signed the agreement in July 2016. IFDC already has accreditation and diplomatic privileges…

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