Month: September 2018

Blended Fertilizers – Baraka is Better

Conventional fertilizers provide plants with three main nutrients, nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus; but soils are often deficient in secondary or micronutrients such as zinc or boron. In partnership with fertilizer manufacturer Toyota Tsusho, IFDC’s Toward Sustainable Clusters in Agribusiness through Learning in Entrepreneurship (2SCALE) project helped introduce a new blended fertilizer for rice in Kenya. Baraka (Swahili for “blessing”) contains…

IFDC Announces CEO Departure, Interim Appointed

POTUS selects Angle to lead NIFA; senior board member to serve as interim CEO IFDC Press Release For Immediate Release Tuesday, September 25, 2018 Contact: Andy Thigpen (256-381-6600, ext. 299; athigpen@ifdc.org; @IFDCNews) September 25, 2018 – Muscle Shoals, Ala., United States – Dr. J. Scott Angle, president and CEO of the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), has been nominated by…

2SCALE Partners Strengthen Inclusive Business

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) can be a force for change, provided CSR programs are well designed and targeted at specific outcomes. A new partnership with Sustainable Inclusive Business Kenya (SIB-Kenya), a Dutch-funded knowledge center, is exploring ways in which private sector partners of IFDC’s 2SCALE project can strengthen their CSR activities to improve welfare at the community level (e.g., labor…

2018 IFDC Staff Awards

On September 20, 2018, following the organization’s 44th Annual Board of Directors’ Meeting, IFDC presented three staff members with awards for their outstanding work. Please join us in congratulating this year’s winners of the IFDC staff awards. The commitment, dedication, and talent of these three individuals is an inspiration to us all, and we thank them for their outstanding service.  …

Building Trust Between Farmers and Bankers

Credit requires trust – but a survey by the World Bank reveals that only a quarter of Nigerian smallholder farmers “fully trust” banks. These producers have even lower levels of trust in microfinance institutions (MFIs) because rates and withdrawal fees are perceived as prohibitively expensive, or because farmers do not want to risk losing their collateral. It’s also well established…

ACMA2 Participates in Thematic Commission

IFDC Press Release For Immediate Release Wednesday, September 12, 2018      Constitutive General Assembly of the Intercommunal Concertation Framework (CCIC) of the Collines Department / Installation of the Thematic Commission (CCIC Collines)   Contact: Olga Kokode ((00229) 97 18 98 31/95 96 46 42 okokode@ifdc.org)   Wednesday, September 12, 2018 – The Communal Approach to Agricultural Market Access in Benin Program…

2SCALE: Big Business in Ethiopia

2SCALE is an incubator program implemented by IFDC and the BoP Innovation Center (BoPInc) with funding from the Netherlands Directorate General for International Cooperation (DGIS) and private sector stakeholders. The program manages a portfolio of public-private partnerships (PPPs) for inclusive business in agri-food sectors and industries. 2SCALE offers a range of support services to its business champions (SMEs and farmer groups) and…

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