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…

New IFDC Logo Announcement

Since its inception, IFDC has grown and established itself as an independent expert in soil fertility with proven ability to move research from the lab to the field. The organization has learned at every opportunity, adapted to meet new challenges, and constantly evolved to become what we are today. After 44 years of growth, it’s time our logo caught up.…

When You Know Your Market, You Do Better Business

SOW Souleymane sells agricultural inputs in Ouangolo, in the northeast region of Côte d’Ivoire. Since June 2016, he has been a member of an Agribusiness Cluster (ABC) supported by 2SCALE in the framework of a vegetable Public Private Partnership. This cluster connects small producers, vegetable traders, input suppliers, microfinance institutions and business support offices located in the Korhogo region. In…

Making agriculture profitable and “cool” for youth in Africa

How can we lift millions of young people out of poverty and mitigate migration to Europe? There is no simple answer, but clearly, we must first “make agriculture profitable and cool for young people in Africa,” according to Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank (ADB) and winner of the World Food Prize. At SARA 2017, we met a…

IFDC Representatives Meet Ghana’s President Akufo-Addo

On Wednesday, March 7, 2018, Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo hosted a New Year’s Greetings at the presidential palace, The Flagstaff House. The event was attended by top dignitaries like the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. Mahamadu Bawumia, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, and the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, Pavelyn…

New Publication: Myanmar Soil Fertility and Fertilizer Management Conference Proceedings

  Proceedings of the Myanmar Soil Fertility and Fertilizer Management Conference are now available. The conference was held October 18-19, 2017, in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. Agricultural experts discussed how to increase the nation’s agricultural productivity and keep its soils healthy. Researchers presented 28 papers covering soil fertility and crop nutrient management, environmental impacts of fertilizer, fertilizer quality, fertilizer recommendations,…

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