Month: May 2017

Dual Cropping and Dual Income a Lifeline in Northern Ghana

Traditionally, farming activities in northern Ghana end after harvesting between October and December, so many farmers become idle until late April when preparations for the next farming season starts. However, the story of Zhiong and seven other communities in the Northern Region is different due to the installation of new PAVE Irrigation Technology that absorbs flood water during the rainy…

Multi-Crop Sheller Support Farmers While Operators Cash In

One of the major challenges that frustrate farmers on the chain of production is the high cost of harvesting and processing crops. Aside from the upfront cost incurred by farmers, they may also lose a yield of one acre out of five by using manual threshing. Now, thanks to the introduction of multi-crop shellers by IFDC’s Feed the Future Ghana…

New Manual Guides Implementation of Urea Deep Placement Programs

Designed for resource-poor farmers cultivating lowland rice, urea deep placement (UDP) is a nutrient management technology that accomplishes what agriculture must do in a changing climate: increase yields and profitability and reduce pollution. The deep point placement of urea briquettes delivers more nitrogen to the plant and reduces fertilizer use, water contamination, and greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, farmers experience about…

Soybeans for Smallholders

2SCALE’s soybean partnership in Mozambique goes beyond technologies and markets. The project’s goal is to build partnerships that create opportunities all along the value chain. This partnership began with one cluster in Malema district, Nampula. Today it involves 10,000 farmers (6,500 women) in Nampula and Zambezia. The lead partner is Agro Commercial Olinda Fondo (ACOF), a woman-headed firm that aggregates soybeans…

Charcoal is Cool!

Technology innovation promoted by IFDC’s 2SCALE project is helping dairy farmers in Kenya keep their milk fresh, even without refrigerators or electricity. Milk collection logistics are a major challenge for both farmers and processors. Cows are generally milked twice a day, morning and evening. The evening milk, in particular, is susceptible to spoilage and bacterial contamination. 2SCALE dairy farmers in Kenya,…

Good Agricultural Practice: A New Horizon for Anwara

In 2013, IFDC began a project in partnership with the Walmart Foundation to assist 40,000 Bangladeshi women to increase yields and incomes in their home vegetable gardens. The two organizations’ partnership and goals are continuing through the Accelerating Vegetable Productivity Improvement (AVPI) project, which targets 52,000 women farmers and 25 women agro-input dealers. Anwara Begum, one project beneficiary, and her…