New Publication: Innovative Fertilizers and Application Technologies

Safeguarding human and planetary health demands a fertilizer sector transformation By Prem S. Bindraban, Christian O. Dimkpa, Jason C. White, Frank A. Franklin, Alida Melse-Boonstra, Nina Koele, Renu Pandey, Jonne Rodenburg, Kalimuthu Senthilkumar, Philip Demokritou, and Susanne Schmidt Summary Strategies for delivering sustainable food systems require significant reduction in yield gaps and food system inefficiencies. Mineral fertilizers will play a…

Supporting Reforms to Ghana’s National Fertilizer Subsidy Program Yields Results

Many West African countries are finding ways to make their national fertilizer subsidy programs work effectively and efficiently to support and improve national agriculture agendas across the region. The Government of Ghana (GoG)/Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) has been implementing a national fertilizer subsidy program to support its flagship Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) program to boost agricultural…

Regional EnGRAIS Project Publishes Ghana Fertilizer Value Chain Optimization Study

Contact: Robin Wheeler (rwheeler@ifdc.org, +233 (0) 56 002 7917/18) January 15, 2020, Accra, Ghana – The Government of Ghana (GoG), represented by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), commissioned IFDC and specifically the Feed the Future Enhancing Growth through Regional Agriculture Input Systems (EnGRAIS) project to analyze the country’s fertilizer value chain under the GoG’s Ghana Fertilizer Expansion Programme…

New Publication: Phosphorus Fertilization for Human Health

Exploring phosphorus fertilizers and fertilization strategies for improved human and environmental health By Prem S. Bindraban (IFDC), Christian O. Dimkpa (IFDC), and Renu Pandey (ICAR) Abstract: Mineral phosphorus (P) fertilizers support high crop yields and contribute to feeding the teeming global population. However, complex edaphic processes cause P to be immobilized in soil, hampering its timely and sufficient availability for…

Netherlands Ambassador to Benin Amazed by ACMA’s achievements

The new Ambassador of the Netherlands in Benin visited some achievements of the Communal Approach to the Agricultural Market Phase Two (ACMA2) programme in Benin. For her, it is a matter of witnessing some of the effects of the interventions of the ACMA2 programme funded by the Netherlands Embassy in Benin and implemented by IFDC in consortium with CARE Benin-Togo…

To the Conquest of the Market

In its vision of contributing to the improvement of food and nutrition security in Benin, the Local Government Approach to the Agricultural Market in Benin – Phase 2 (ACMA2) project, has set the overall objective of increasing the incomes of agricultural economic actors in the region through access to the market. To facilitate access to the market, one of the…

IFDC and ICAR revitalize partnership to research soil fertility

  New work plan will focus on collaboration for advanced research in soil fertility, fertilizer management   On December 4, 2019, IFDC signed a work plan for 2020-2021 with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) at Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi, India. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was first signed between both the organizations in 1994. As per the work…

Extension materials on best agronomic practices endorsed by government of Nepal

Agricultural extension materials on best management practices for rice (left) and cauliflower, developed by CIMMYT as part of the NSAF project. Note: A version of this post first appeared on CIMMYT.org. KATHMANDU, Nepal (CIMMYT) — Maintenance and enhancement of soil fertility are vital for food security and environmental sustainability. However, a baseline survey conducted through the Nepal Seed and Fertilizer…

Soil is Life. Let’s Conserve It.

By: Dr. Shree Prasad Vista, Senior Soil Scientist, Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC), Dr. Yam Gaihre, Soil Scientist, International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), Dr. Naba Raj Pandit, Research Associate, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT). This post has been adapted from an op-ed submitted by the authors on soil management in Nepal. The original can be found here.  …

Soil-SMaRT – Helping Smallholder Farmers Deliver Balanced Crop Nutrition

Our food supply depends on the world’s smallholder producers and the soils on which they farm. But soil degradation, which affects one-third of the earth’s land area, threatens farmers’ livelihoods and results in $40 billion per year in economic losses. To increase productivity, farmers must apply plant nutrients (via fertilizers) that their soils lack. Most smallholder farmers, particularly in sub-Saharan…

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