IFDC Press Release

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

IFDC Releases New Five-Year Strategic Plan

 Contact: Andy Thigpen, Senior Communications Supervisor (256-381-6600 x299 athigpen@ifdc.org)

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 – Muscle Shoals, Ala, USA – The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) announced the release of its strategic plan for 2017-2021.

The IFDC Strategic Planning Committee developed this five-year plan based on guidance provided by over 1,000 stakeholders worldwide.

The committee gathered information through surveys and individual interactions with farmers, agribusiness owners, industry representatives, donors, board members and current and former employees with the following common themes:

  • What external trends will affect IFDC, either positively or negatively?
  • What does IFDC do well?
  • In what areas should IFDC improve?
  • What initiatives should IFDC pursue in the future?

Several trends and forces affect IFDC in the future, including increasing food production to meet the needs of the expanding global population, widespread fertilizer misuse, the need for sustainable solutions that build resilience and adaptation to extreme weather, urbanization and demographic shifts, the shortage of farm labor and the increased need for agricultural equipment.

IFDC’s strengths include leadership in soil and fertility research and expertise, taking lab research to field production, enabling people and communities to utilize productive agricultural knowledge and techniques to find economic success, ensuring cost-effective farming, agricultural market development and program implementation, which reaches millions of farmers across the globe.

To further strengthen the agricultural environment, IFDC sets forth three measurable initiatives:

  1. To translate research into action by establishing a fertilizer and soil management research program to enhance its leadership role in technology development and transfer.
  2. To measure and demonstrate IFDC’s impact, strengthen its brand, improve project implementation, increase team knowledge and generate income and business opportunities.
  3. To establish and strengthen partnerships, new research and business, enhance IFDC’s image and enhance technology transfer.

“For more than 40 years, IFDC has helped millions of farmers produce and sell more food through our fertilizer technology research and agricultural market development,” said IFDC President and CEO J. Scott Angle. “With the global population rising to nearly 10 billion by 2050, our work is more important now than ever before.”

IFDC’s 2017-2021 Strategic Plan can be accessed online at: https://joom.ag/JLUW.


IFDC enables farmers in developing countries to increase agricultural productivity, generate economic growth, and practice environmental stewardship by enhancing their ability to manage mineral and organic fertilizers responsibly and participate profitably in markets.

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