Category: IFDC Perspectives

International Youth Day: Agricultural Entrepreneurs in Benin Increase Incomes

Nassirath Arobadade, a 32-year-old producer, processor, and tradeswoman of palm nuts in Adja Ouèrè, Benin, shares her story of working with IFDC’s ACMA 2 project, funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Benin “I am Nassirath Arobadade, and I proudly work across the entire palm oil value chain as a producer, processor, and tradeswoman. My palm…

Our 2017 Annual Report

We invite you to read our newly released Annual Report for 2017.

PAMEFA-Vi Trains 1,040 Agro-Input Distributors in Burkina Faso to Professionalize the Sector

The usage rate of agricultural inputs by producers in Burkina Faso remains low (12% for mineral fertilizers and 8% for improved seeds). One of the explanatory factors is the low level of knowledge of inputs and their use. To improve this knowledge among input dealers, the Support Program for the Modernization of Family Farms – Inputs Component (PAMEFA-Vi), funded by the…

Agricultural Technology Transfer Centers Make Good Returns and Good Deals

The level of knowledge and use of agricultural inputs in Burkina Faso is low: 12% for mineral fertilizers and 8% for improved seeds. In order to improve producers’ knowledge of inputs and good use practices, the Support Program for the Modernization of Family Farms – Inputs Component (PAMEFA- Vi) has set up five Agricultural Technology Transfer Centers (CTTA) in the…

Agricultural Producers in Burkina Faso Access Quality Agricultural Inputs Through Bundled Purchasing

In Burkina Faso, agricultural producers face several challenges including the lack of access to quality agricultural inputs. Even  when they have access to inputs, they do not get them on time. As a result, the utilization rate of agricultural inputs by producers remains low (12% for mineral fertilizers and 8% for improved seeds). In order to make quality agricultural inputs…

Leaving No One Behind: Building Capacities to Bolster Livelihoods

Standing in his learning field, watching the activities going on, no one would have labelled him a vulnerable farmer.   Kurman Isa is a 35-year-old farmer and a member of the Alheri Rice farmers association of Bakura Cluster in Zamfara state, Nigeria. As a father and husband, Isa is saddled with the responsibility of providing adequately for his family, despite having a speech impediment. At an early age of 17, Isa started to farm to support himself through school,…

Breaking Down Barriers with Briquettes

Shapna Mondal, popularly known as Guti Boudi (Guti sister-in-law) among her neighbors, is a female briquetting machine owner in Southern Bangladesh. Shapna, 35, is married to Tapan Mondal, an agro-input retailer who sells crop seeds, fertilizers, and pesticides in his shop. After their marriage, Shapna started to help her husband in his business, which was not running smoothly at the…

Updates from 2SCALE in East Africa

2SCALE seeks to improve rural livelihoods and food security in Africa by accelerating inclusive business in agri-food industries through public-private partnerships. Below is an update from April 2018.   Private money, public good The private sector is not just a partner, but a major investor in the 2SCALE project. Cumulative private investment has exceeded $58 million, significantly higher than the…

Never Too Old to Learn Something New

  “I am very glad that IFDC changed my life. It increased my income and bettered my livelihood well into the future.” Nwe Nwe Win, 50, is a model woman farmer living in Htoo Lay Su Village, Htantabin Township of Yangon Region. Her husband Ye Win is also a farmer, and they have a son, 26. In the summer of…

An Opportunity to Learn, Network, and Improve

Every year, IFDC’s training workshops offer opportunities for agricultural professionals to hear about and discuss the latest research and findings in a variety of topics, from agricultural policy issues to best practices in fertilizer manufacturing, research, and production.  In August, IFDC held its historically most popular workshop, the USA-based study tour on advances in agricultural technology. Traveling on a two-week…

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