Month: May 2018

Updates from 2SCALE in East Africa

2SCALE seeks to improve rural livelihoods and food security in Africa by accelerating inclusive business in agri-food industries through public-private partnerships. Below is an update from April 2018.   Private money, public good The private sector is not just a partner, but a major investor in the 2SCALE project. Cumulative private investment has exceeded $58 million, significantly higher than the…

Never Too Old to Learn Something New

  “I am very glad that IFDC changed my life. It increased my income and bettered my livelihood well into the future.” Nwe Nwe Win, 50, is a model woman farmer living in Htoo Lay Su Village, Htantabin Township of Yangon Region. Her husband Ye Win is also a farmer, and they have a son, 26. In the summer of…

An Opportunity to Learn, Network, and Improve

Every year, IFDC’s training workshops offer opportunities for agricultural professionals to hear about and discuss the latest research and findings in a variety of topics, from agricultural policy issues to best practices in fertilizer manufacturing, research, and production.  In August, IFDC held its historically most popular workshop, the USA-based study tour on advances in agricultural technology. Traveling on a two-week…

Seeing is Believing

U Min Zaw owns a 25-acre rice farm in Tei Tei Ku village, Kyaiklat Township, Ayeyarwady Delta. During the 2017 monsoon season, he attended IFDC’s farmer training, where he first learned about urea deep placement (UDP). Afterward, he wanted to test the technology for himself and learn the differences between UDP and farmer practices. As a well-established rice farmer, IFDC…

Video Series: AVPI Empowers Women in Bangladesh

IFDC’s Accelerating Vegetable Production Improvement (AVPI) project, supported by the Walmart Foundation, has reached 40,000 women in approximately 233 villages across Bangladesh. With the help of AVPI, women are receiving the knowledge and tools they need to increase their vegetable production with fertilizer deep placement and good agricultural practices (GAPs). In fact, the use of GAPs has nearly tripled returns…

Farmer-Engineer Innovates New Machinery

U Than Oo and his family own a 30-acre rice farm at Nyaungdon Su village in Mawgun Township. They also established a small farm equipment workshop as a non-farm business. Although he graduated with specialization in Industrial Chemistry, Oo is a farmer who is familiar enough with farm machinery to make repairs. When he’s not on the farm, he renovates…

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