Category: IFDC Perspectives

Creating Shared Value: How Local Sourcing is Helping Generate an Inclusive Impact

Rama and Bintu are farmers living in northern Nigeria, where sorghum and pearl millet are popular staple crop ingredients. In this part of the country, as in the Sudano-Sahelian and Sahelian zones of West Africa, millions of households depend on these crops for food security, particularly in regions where average total annual rainfall is less than 800 millimeters. Due to…

IFDC REACH-Uganda Project Signs Up First Commercial Partner

On August 17, 2017, IFDC’s Resilient Efficient Agribusiness Chains project in Uganda (REACH-Uganda) brought on board its first commercial partner, HighGrow Agri (HGA). During a meeting at the IFDC Uganda country office in Kampala, REACH-Uganda Chief of Party David Slane and HGA representative Tobias Basson signed an agreement in which REACH will assist the company in business development and commercial…

Can Trust in Business Partnerships Be Measured?

IFDC’s 2SCALE project helps build business relationships, in which trust is essential. So we asked ourselves, “Can we measure improvements in trust?” With assistance from a team from Wageningen University, we used a combination of interviews and behavioral economic games to measure changes in trust levels over time. The ‘laboratory’ was a 2SCALE partnership in Kenya, where trader and processor,…

How Do You Define a Sustainable Partnership?

We asked Bature Abdullahi, farmer and agribusiness coach from Tapoki village, in north western Nigeria. It is here that IFDC, in partnership with Nestlé, implements the Sorghum and Millet in the Sahel (SMS) project, with the goal of improving the quality and yield of these crops and developing farming as a sustainable business. But what is sustainable business? “Everybody needs…

Internships Influence: What I Learned from IFDC

My name is Lauren, and I am a senior at the University of North Alabama. My major is professional writing with a minor in photography. Everyone asks me, “What do you do with a major like professional writing?” My former response was something like, “Oh, write and edit technical documents, textbooks,  medical papers, or something like that.” Sounds thrilling, doesn’t…

Madi Winkler Portrait

Intern Insight: My Time with IFDC

There are valuable, real-life experiences to be discovered throughout the course of a dynamic internship program, and my time at IFDC has provided me with solid support for professional development and personal growth. The incredible learning opportunities I received came in many different forms, including the projects I worked on and the tasks I performed. My duties included creating and…

Nigerian Farmer Shares His Success

Labbo Aliyu is a 56-year-old retired civil servant from Asari village, Wamakko Local Government Area of Sokoto State. After retiring from the State Ministry, Aliyu turned to medium-scale farming, purchasing 5 hectares of land to grow rice. However, Aliyu realized what many farmers do not: that increased yields are achieved more through the adoption of technologies than through expansion in…

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…

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