Mechanization Eases Hardships for Farmers in Dry Zone of Myanmar

New Technologies Help Conserve Resources Mya Maw Lwin has been a rice farmer for more than 20 years. He used primarily traditional practices on his farm. He broadcast his seed in the ground before transplanting. He used old seeds and never practiced row cropping. He only used urea fertilizer and had no knowledge of curing leaf blight or managing weeds.…

Agro-Retailer Benefits from Business Support Services

U Nyi Nyi Naing is an agro-input retailer and owner of a shop called Swan Htet Yar Zar in Kyauk Phu village of Taungtha township in Myanmar. In 2016 Nyi Nyi Naing began participating in activities implemented by IFDC’s Dry Zone Agro-Input and Farm Services (DZ) project, funded by the Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT). He attended training…

REACH Project Highlights Partnerships with Intervention Factsheets

A key aspect of sustainable development and fostering resilience is a strong private sector-led market. Building capacity of local companies, providing technical training, and linking farmers to markets are all key to improving livelihoods for farmers, increasing profits for companies, and establishing a resilient market system. Through a portfolio of business partnerships, the Resilient Efficient Agribusiness Chains in Uganda (REACH-Uganda)…

Ugandan Families Benefit from Road Rehabilitation

Residents of Bubare Sub-county in Rubanda District can now market their produce with ease following the construction works on the 18km Nyaruhanga-Kyamabare-Butobore-Ihanga community road. The road that was constructed at a cost of Shs 2 billion was commissioned on Tuesday. The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) and the [Embassy of the Netherlands in Uganda] provided the funds while Rubanda District…

PCB Project Assists Farmers to Improve Potato Seed Storage

Over the years, potato yields in Kenya have been on a steady decline. One of the major reasons for this decline is the practice of using poor quality seed that is passed on from several seasons if not years. “Most of the potato farmers in the country have been planting inferior seeds, which are mainly leftovers from their harvests. Because…

Join Argus and IFDC in Cape Town for the Argus Africa Fertilizer Conference

The 11th annual Argus Africa Fertilizer conference will take place February 19-21, 2020, in Cape Town, South Africa. The conference brings together 400+ attendees representing 150 companies from across the fertilizer supply chain. As the leading and biggest fertilizer conference in the region, this is the only place to find all the regional contacts and market insight you need to…

Seed Multiplication Benefits Kenyan Potato Farmers

With the emerging market trends and unstable potato prices in Nyandarua County and other potato-producing counties in Kenya, farmers are employing new methods to reap big from their produce. After encountering difficulties while trying to go to market on their own, especially in dictating the prices of fresh produce, farmers in Nyandarua have started forming common interest groups in an effort…

2SCALE Launches Digital Innovation Challenge for Climate Smart Agriculture

Are you an entrepreneur with a digital innovation that boosts climate smart agriculture in Africa? Apply to our challenge! It’s easy and takes under an hour. The 2SCALE program wants to incentivise the implementation of new technologies to help farmers drive productivity and profitability and respond to the impact of climate change. This could include innovations that solve pressing problems…

ECOWAS, WAFA Sign MoU at Inaugural West Africa Fertilizer Financing Forum

Contact: Ada Nsitem, Communication Officer ada.nsitem@wafafertilizer.org October 1, 2019 – Abidjan – The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and West African Fertilizer Association (WAFA) have signed a memorandum of understanding. This took place at the inaugural West Africa Fertilizer Financing Forum which was attended by representatives of financial institutions, ministers, government agencies, fertilizer manufacturers and various stakeholders of the…

The History and Future of Phosphorus

A Brief History of Phosphorus Around 1669, in his basement in Hamburg, Germany, Hennig Brand, one of the last alchemists, boiled down about 1,500 gallons of human urine in search of the Philosopher’s Stone. These alchemists believed this mystic stone could transmute any metal into gold. As the liquid turned to sludge, Brand made a few adjustments and discovered something…

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