Transforming Certified Seed Production to a Higher Level

Three years ago, the certified seed production chain in Northern Ghana was saddled with bottlenecks affecting access to breeder seeds, field inspection, certification by the regulatory agency (which resulted in late release), processing, packaging, and the availability of certified seeds at the various communities for farmers to buy. But now the blockages have been cleared thanks to assistance from the…

Lightening the Last Stages of Production

For many subsistence farmers, the final stage of production is one of the major obstacles hindering them from moving to commercial farming. However, a new multi-crop thresher, delivered by the IFDC-implemented Feed the Future Ghana Agriculture Technology Transfer project, that facilitates de-husking, threshing, and cleaning has given hope to farmers in Northern Ghana. Iddrisu Jampoi Dimah, Operational Manager of Akate…

2SCALE Receives Project of the Year Award

IFDC’s 2SCALE project builds partnerships for development. Equally important, it builds capacity, empowering farmers, farmer cooperatives and unions, agri-entrepreneurs, extension staff and others with skills and business linkages to help them grow. Capacity building programs have made significant impacts, and these efforts have been noted by the Ethiopian government. On 10 June, the Ethiopia Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources…

UDP Technology Growing Business in Northern Ghana

Until 2014, when urea deep placement (UDP) technology was introduced to farmers at the Tono irrigation scheme in the Upper East Region of Ghana, 59-year-old Prince Yao Koreh, owner of Simple Prince Agro-input Company, had no idea about the technology, but now he is cashing in on the sale of urea briquettes. The success of the UDP demonstration plots created…

Register Today! Online Course on Inclusive Agribusiness

Organized by 2SCALE and the Inclusive Business Accelerator, the bootcamp on Inclusive Agribusiness aims to equip participants with knowledge and tools to build your Inclusive Agribusiness based on the experience of successful agribusiness entrepreneurs. A wide range of topics will be covered from value creation to innovative farming solutions, access to finance and agribusiness clusters. The online course will last for four…

Small Garden. New Habits. Big Success.

Rini Begum, a 33-year-old vegetable farmer from Bagdanga village, Sadar Upazila, Jessore, Bangladesh, is one of many women who has seen the benefits of the IFDC-Walmart Accelerating Vegetable Productivity Improvement (AVPI) project’s goal “to boost the knowledge and income of women vegetable and fruit farmers in southern Bangladesh.” In 2014, Rini and her husband, living on an increasingly shrinking line…

fertilizer products on a shelf

Micronutrients Maximize Plant Fertilization

By: Christian Dimkpa, IFDC Scientist and Plant-Soil Biologist Micronutrients are plant nutrients needed in small quantities but that, nevertheless, contribute to crop productivity in signicant ways. Micronutrients include zinc (Zn), iron (Fe), boron (B), copper (Cu), manganese (Mn), nickel (Ni), molybdenum (Mo), and chloride (Cl- ). As highlighted in recent reports, these nutrients perform individual as well as coordinated functions…

youth in a field at a learning center in Nigeria

2SCALE and Partners Develop Farmers’ Academy in Nigeria

Recently, SPAR International and the Artee Group (AG) have embarked upon an ambitious new initiative to support smallholder Nigerian farmers to produce high-quality fruits and vegetables for Nigerian consumers.[1] To achieve this, the IFDC-led 2SCALE program has been collaborating with AG. The partnership with AG aims to support the establishment of a Farmers’ Academy in Sagamu in Nigeria. The Academy…

Greater Benefits in Benin

ACMA Benin, funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, is improving agricultural performance in the country. By working with local governments in the rural parts of Benin, the project seeks to ensure food security, while contributing to its economic and social well-being. I recently traveled to Benin to see firsthand the impact this project is having on…

USAID C4CP Project Organizes Forum on Women’s Access to Appropriate Agricultural Technology

Press Release For Immediate Release Wednesday, June 7, 2017 June 7, 2017 – Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire – The Four-Country Cotton Partnership (USAID C4CP) a project implemented by the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in collaboration with the African Union (AU), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the West and…

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