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…

REACH: Boosting Household Resilience in Uganda

Funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Uganda, REACH works to build resilient market systems and farm households with a focus on rice and potato value chains. By employing a market systems approach to development, REACH seeks to bolster local markets so that they will function more effectively, sustainably, and beneficially for poor farmers. Instead of…

IFDC Renews Establishment Agreement with Government of Benin

Contact: Constant Dangbegnon, Chief of Party, ACMA2 Project – cdangbegnon@ifdc.org September 24, 2019 – Cotonou, Benin –The establishment agreement between the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) and the Republic of Benin was renewed on September 24, 2019. This is the conclusion of a long process marked by, in addition to project reports, a field visit of the inter-ministerial committee in charge…

IFDC Holds 45th Board of Directors’ Meeting

IFDC held its 45th Board of Directors’ meeting on September 17-19, 2019, at its headquarters in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. The 12-member board, representing the public and private sectors and IFDC’s regions of influence, meets once a year to review the organization’s work and set the stage for the next year of activities. During this time, the board is joined by…

2019 Staff Awards

IFDC presented three staff members with awards for their outstanding work on September 18, 2019, following the organization’s 45th Annual Board of Directors’ Meeting. Please join us in congratulating this year’s winners of the IFDC staff awards. The commitment, dedication, and talent of these three individuals is an inspiration to us all, and we thank them for their outstanding service.…

First Briquetting Machine Adopter in Myanmar Continues to Grow Business

Zin Mar Kyaw is an entrepreneur who started as an input retailer and invested her earnings in agricultural land. Starting with 25 acres, she now has rice planted on 180 acres. She saw the value of urea deep placement (UDP) technology and was the first in the country to purchase a briquetting machine via the Fertilizer Sector Improvement (FSI+) project…

Enterprising Young Woman Expands Her Agro-Input Business

Nay Nay Tun is an agro-input retailer in Phayar Gyi in the Bago Region of Myanmar. She is a young woman from an agribusiness family (her father farms rice on 25 acres, and her brother is a gram merchant). Her father encouraged her to open an agro-input shop because there was only one in Bago town. When she started at the…

2SCALE and Agri-Wallet Win a FiniAward

2SCALE in partnership with Agri-Wallet, the Kenyan fintech solution provider, received a prestigious FiniAward as part of the inaugural Financial Inclusion Awards held in Nairobi last week. The Financial Inclusion Awards recognizes and celebrates key organizations and companies in various sectors that have helped progress financial accessibility in Kenya and across Africa. Read the full story at 2SCALE.org.

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