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 15-20% higher yields. More than 2 million farmers and retailers in Bangladesh are experiencing increased production and income using the technology, and results are being replicated in several countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

IFDC has validated UDP under various research and field environments, including in greenhouse and research trials and under farmer field conditions. The manual, Rapid Introduction and Market Development for Urea Deep Placement Technology for Lowland Transplanted Rice, provides the scientific basis for UDP technology and outlines the steps necessary for the successful introduction and commercialization of UDP into developing agriculture systems. The process is complex – both demand creation and supply system development must occur simultaneously. Approaching UDP as a new fertilizer product on the market, the manual guides users through each phase of UDP project planning and implementation.

The manual is intended for IFDC project implementers and partners who aim to strengthen food security, improve rural income, and reduce agriculture’s environmental footprint. The publication is a valuable tool in expanding fertilizer nutrient management technologies that ultimately strengthen agriculture systems and the environment.

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