Myanmar Holds National Soil Fertility Conference

Agricultural experts came together at the National Soil Fertility and Fertilizer Management Conference in Myanmar in October to discuss 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, and farmer extension methods. Following the conference, government leaders and…

Feed the Future Nigeria Agro-Inputs Project Completes Work After Reaching 1,500 Agro-Dealers

Since 2014, the Feed the Future Nigeria Agro-Inputs Project has promoted a private sector-led agricultural inputs market that enables farmers to access quality and affordable inputs. With funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the ultimate goal has been to help Nigerian smallholder farmers increase agricultural productivity. More than 1,500 agro-dealers were trained and certified on product…

Breaking the Barrier to Youth Employment: Anas’s Story

Playful in demeanor, 24-year-old Anas Garba is passionate about addressing youth unemployment. Like most unemployed graduates, Garba engaged in farming to support his parents and younger siblings after obtaining a degree in economics from Jigawa State College of Education in 2015. In May 2017, an extension agent in Garba’s community introduced him to the Feed the Future Nigeria Agro-Inputs Project.…

Photo Gallery: Kenyan Agriculture – Bringing Farmers and Agribusinesses Together

IFDC president and CEO, Dr. J. Scott Angle, recently visited agribusinesses in Kenya and inaugurated a new potato storage facility constructed to support local farmer groups. The IFDC team toured Shalem Investments, an agri-food company partnering with the Netherlands-funded 2SCALE program, and New Holland Chips. 2SCALE offers a range of support services to private partners – companies and farmer groups – enabling them to produce, transform, and supply quality food products to local, national, and regional end-user markets, including base-of-the pyramid consumers.

Ruth Kinoti, founder and CEO of Shalem Investments, gave a tour of her new factory, which makes fortified sorghum flour from sorghum purchased from 2SCALE farmers. 2SCALE has helped her grow from trader to processor, selling her own brand of flour. New Holland Chips owner, Jean Pierre, also sources from local farmers. New Holland partners with potato growers in Laikipia County.

Many rural potato farmers lack proper storage. Dr. Angle and Irish Ambassador to Kenya, Dr. Vincent O’Neill, inaugurated a new potato storage facility, constructed through an Irish Aid project implemented by IFDC to strengthen the potato value chain. This storage building will help farmers in Nyeri, Kenya, reduce post-harvest losses.

View a photo slideshow of the trip below.

5 Misconceptions About Fertilizer

The first one through the fifth will shock you! You probably won’t see this list on Buzzfeed, but here are a few fertilizer misconceptions: 1 – Fertilizer will end world hunger. While getting the right fertilizers into the hands of farmers is hard enough, fertilizer alone cannot grow more food. Fertilizer is only part of a bigger solution that includes…

Farmers Need Fertilizer

If anyone ever tells you that fertilizer is sexy, don’t believe them. I’m passionate about fertilizer, but it’s not sexy.1 And while helping the impoverished around the world is popular right now, fertilizer certainly isn’t. Here’s the catch, though: it’s completely necessary for ensuring food security around the globe. Farmers need fertilizer. So we have to change the way we…

2SCALE Project Highlights

Can opposites attract? Big companies and small farmers, buyers and sellers, balance sheets and social goals… The 2SCALE project brings opposites together by applying business principles to development. Nine countries, half a million farmers, 1,400 cooperatives, 1,200 small businesses, scientists, development experts and corporate executives, all work together to build business relationships. Read the latest highlights from our 2SCALE project and see for yourself…

IFDC Staff Witness Impact of ACMA Project in Benin

September 7-9, 2017 – Scott Hudson, IFDC’s Director of Operations, and Andrew Thigpen, IFDC’s Communications Supervisor, recently visited staff of the Local Government Approach to Agricultural Markets in Benin (ACMA Benin) project in Cotonou, Benin. Project leaders discussed ACMA Benin’s achievements with the IFDC visitors, who are based in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, USA. Local authorities in the Pobè commune elaborated…

2017 IFDC Staff Awards

IFDC presented three staff members with awards for their outstanding work on September 13, 2017, following the organization’s 43rd Annual Board of Directors’ Meeting.

USAID Constructs Seed Processing Facility in Tamale

The Feed the Future Ghana Agriculture Technology Transfer project handed over a seed processing facility to Ganorma Agro Company Limited in Tamale today through a grant matching program. The facility can process up to 15 metric tons of seed per hour. The project is funded by the United States Agency for International Development and implemented by IFDC. Dr. J. Scott…

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