Month: November 2018

KeFERT Spurs Action for a More Competitive Fertilizer Sector in Kenya

Kenya’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Irrigation (MoALF&I), in collaboration with IFDC and various public and private partners, organized the Kenya Fertilizer Roundtable (KeFERT) meeting to bring together fertilizer stakeholders in the country and region. The meeting was held October 16-17, 2018, to spur coordinated efforts toward unblocking constraints that limit smallholder farmers’ access to and use of fertilizers…

Drone Technology Evaluates Crop Health in Northern Ghana

Iowa State University (ISU), through the USAID Ghana Feed the Future Agriculture Technology Transfer (ATT) project, is using drones to evaluate rice production under nitrogen management systems at the Tono irrigation scheme in the Upper East Region of Ghana. With drone technology, ISU compared the health and productivity of rice fertilized using urea deep placement (UDP) and rice grown under…

Financial Toolkit for Women Being Introduced in Kenya

Farmers and rural entrepreneurs generally find it hard to access credit. Women find it particularly difficult, for a variety of reasons, e.g.: lack of collateral (e.g. title deeds), no credit history, and cultural stereotyping among others. 2SCALE interventions are designed to overcome these biases. Selection of project partners and beneficiaries is deliberately skewed in favor of women. Venues and timings…

Rabobank Foundation – a New 2SCALE Partner in Ethiopia

                The Netherlands-based Rabobank Foundation has announced a $260,000 loan to the Tsehay farmer union in Gondar, northern Ethiopia. The loan, which 2SCALE helped facilitate, will allow the union to bulk purchase oilseed stocks for its cooking oil plant. Around 3,000 smallholder farmers will benefit from this loan, and the newly established factory…

Towards the Development and Diffusion of Agricultural Input Packages in West Africa: Strategy Workshop held in Burkina Faso

A regional strategy for the development and dissemination of agricultural input packages was at the center of a regional workshop held on October 30-31, 2018 in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. The overall objective of the workshop was to introduce the Feed the Future Enhancing Growth through Regional Agricultural Input Systems (EnGRAIS) Project for West Africa (one of the…

IFDC Launches Soil Fertility Compact of TAAT Project

The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) launched the Soil Fertility Enabler Compact of the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) project on October 23, 2018 at the Laïco El Farouk Hotel in Bamako, Mali. The launching ceremony was chaired by the Director General of the Institute of Rural Economy (IER), Dr. Abdoulaye Hammadoun, in the presence of many actors in…

Video Series: Strengthening Resilience in Uganda

IFDC’s REACH-Uganda project has released a new video series entitled “Strengthening Resilience in Uganda”. The four videos give an overview of the project’s activities to improve farmers’ market engagement, strengthen household resilience, and increase availability of agriculture support services for 40,000 farmers and businesses in the rice and potato value chains.  The project is funded by Embassy of the Kingdom…

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