Month: December 2016

2016 Highlights

  Season’s greetings! In 2016, IFDC had the pleasure of working with smallholder farmers and agricultural entrepreneurs across more than 20 nations. As the year comes to a close, we reflect on our mission and on the stories of agriculturalists who are feeding their families and the world. To recap the year, we are sharing our top five blog posts…

Sustainable Use of Fertilizers for Productivity and Climate Change Mitigation

By: Dr. Deborah Hellums, Director of Fertilizer Research Every person alive depends on agriculture for food, but agriculture accounts for 12 percent of annual greenhouse gas emissions. About half of these emissions come from arguably a most necessary component of agriculture: the use of nitrogen fertilizers. Mineral fertilizers, combined with organic fertilizers (along with other inputs and best management practices),…

Irish Potatoes, Irish Partners

A new IFDC-led project in Kenya, funded by the government of Ireland, will begin operations in January 2017. The project was announced by Ireland’s Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Joe McHugh, on November 29. It will connect small-scale potato farmers to new technologies and new markets and will work with government, non-governmental organizations (NGO), and private…

Mitigation co-benefits of increased water and nutrient efficiency in irrigated rice in Bangladesh

Decreasing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while increasing water and nutrient efficiency in irrigated rice is one of our goals in Bangladesh. Made possible through the Accelerating Agriculture Productivity Improvement (AAPI) project, our practices and technologies have retained or increased yields while mitigating environmental impact. The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) featured our work on…

Fertilizer Producer in Myanmar Focuses on Farmers

Daw Kyin Than Oo operates a fertilizer business in the Yangon region of Myanmar. Her husband U Ko Gyi passed away recently, and she was left to raise her four children on her own. Thankfully, they have helped her maintain the family business. The elder son supervises production with two family laborers, while her two daughters work in the company. Her other son is still…

IFDC and Government of Ireland Launch New Potato Project in Kenya

IFDC Press Release For Immediate Release Wednesday, November 30, 2016   IFDC and Government of Ireland Launch New Potato Project in Kenya   Contact: Ajay Varadachary (avaradachary@ifdc.org) November 30, 2016 – Nairobi, Kenya – A new IFDC-led project, funded by the government of Ireland, aims to strengthen the potato value chain in Kenya. The project was announced by Ireland’s Minister…

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