Month: March 2017

USAID C4CP Project Organizes Regional Workshop

March 30, 2017 – Cotonou, Benin – In collaboration with the International Centre for development oriented Research in Agriculture (ICRA) and Cultural Practice LLC, the Four-Country Cotton Partnership (USAID C4CP) project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC)

Better Seeds for a Billion Lives

The year is 1945. In Mexico, stem rust has ravaged wheat harvests. The farmers are appalled that a U.S. scientist is performing research on the very same crop that had nearly destroyed their livelihoods. And yet he persists, winning their commitment and developing high-yielding, stem rust-resistant breeds of wheat. By 1963 these seeds effectively eliminated stem rust and increased Mexico’s…

2SCALE Men and Women

#HeForShe: 2SCALE and AgriProFocus Recognize Men Who Empower Women

Fewer than 5 percent of women in Mali own land, while more than 30 percent act as heads of household and are responsible for providing food, healthcare, and school fees. In response to women’s social vulnerability, particularly in the Ségou region of Mali, IFDC’s Toward Sustainable Clusters in Agribusiness through Learning in Entrepreneurship (2SCALE) project prioritizes helping women producers and entrepreneurs…

youth at a learning center in Nigeria

Woman-Led Field School Reaches African Youth

In a small greenhouse in Nigeria, young agricultural entrepreneurs from all over the country gather around an unlikely teacher to learn about vegetable production and farm management. Yinka Adesola, though trained at the master’s level in geology, is committed to solving Nigeria’s food security issues by empowering the next generation with the tools and knowledge to grow and sell more…

mali women in training

New Publication: Gender Mainstreaming in Agribusiness Partnerships

Inclusive agribusinesses will play a critical role in the coming decades, not only to feed 9 billion people by 2050, but also to create job opportunities and improve livelihoods for those least integrated into economic channels. For the past five years, IFDC’s Towards Sustainable Clusters in Agribusiness through Learning in Entrepreneurship (2SCALE) project has been strengthening agribusiness linkages to profitable…

agrodealer speaking with farmers

Africa Policy Outlook: Assessing Government Programs to Increase Fertilizer Use

By: Joshua Ariga, IFDC Senior Economist & Acting Program Leader, Markets, Economics and Policy The use of improved input technologies, particularly fertilizers, remains low in much of sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) despite spirited efforts at continental, regional, and country levels (Figure 1). However, pockets exist where some progress has been achieved, and fertilizer use rates and agricultural productivity have increased significantly. It…