Category: IFDC Perspectives

Dual Cropping and Dual Income a Lifeline in Northern Ghana

Traditionally, farming activities in northern Ghana end after harvesting between October and December, so many farmers become idle until late April when preparations for the next farming season starts. However, the story of Zhiong and seven other communities in the Northern Region is different due to the installation of new PAVE Irrigation Technology that absorbs flood water during the rainy…

Multi-Crop Sheller Support Farmers While Operators Cash In

One of the major challenges that frustrate farmers on the chain of production is the high cost of harvesting and processing crops. Aside from the upfront cost incurred by farmers, they may also lose a yield of one acre out of five by using manual threshing. Now, thanks to the introduction of multi-crop shellers by IFDC’s Feed the Future Ghana…

Soybeans for Smallholders

2SCALE’s soybean partnership in Mozambique goes beyond technologies and markets. The project’s goal is to build partnerships that create opportunities all along the value chain. This partnership began with one cluster in Malema district, Nampula. Today it involves 10,000 farmers (6,500 women) in Nampula and Zambezia. The lead partner is Agro Commercial Olinda Fondo (ACOF), a woman-headed firm that aggregates soybeans…

Charcoal is Cool!

Technology innovation promoted by IFDC’s 2SCALE project is helping dairy farmers in Kenya keep their milk fresh, even without refrigerators or electricity. Milk collection logistics are a major challenge for both farmers and processors. Cows are generally milked twice a day, morning and evening. The evening milk, in particular, is susceptible to spoilage and bacterial contamination. 2SCALE dairy farmers in Kenya,…

Good Agricultural Practice: A New Horizon for Anwara

In 2013, IFDC began a project in partnership with the Walmart Foundation to assist 40,000 Bangladeshi women to increase yields and incomes in their home vegetable gardens. The two organizations’ partnership and goals are continuing through the Accelerating Vegetable Productivity Improvement (AVPI) project, which targets 52,000 women farmers and 25 women agro-input dealers. Anwara Begum, one project beneficiary, and her…

Better Seeds for a Billion Lives

The year is 1945. In Mexico, stem rust has ravaged wheat harvests. The farmers are appalled that a U.S. scientist is performing research on the very same crop that had nearly destroyed their livelihoods. And yet he persists, winning their commitment and developing high-yielding, stem rust-resistant breeds of wheat. By 1963 these seeds effectively eliminated stem rust and increased Mexico’s…

2SCALE Men and Women

#HeForShe: 2SCALE and AgriProFocus Recognize Men Who Empower Women

Fewer than 5 percent of women in Mali own land, while more than 30 percent act as heads of household and are responsible for providing food, healthcare, and school fees. In response to women’s social vulnerability, particularly in the Ségou region of Mali, IFDC’s Toward Sustainable Clusters in Agribusiness through Learning in Entrepreneurship (2SCALE) project prioritizes helping women producers and entrepreneurs…

youth at a learning center in Nigeria

Woman-Led Field School Reaches African Youth

In a small greenhouse in Nigeria, young agricultural entrepreneurs from all over the country gather around an unlikely teacher to learn about vegetable production and farm management. Yinka Adesola, though trained at the master’s level in geology, is committed to solving Nigeria’s food security issues by empowering the next generation with the tools and knowledge to grow and sell more…

agrodealer speaking with farmers

Africa Policy Outlook: Assessing Government Programs to Increase Fertilizer Use

By: Joshua Ariga, IFDC Senior Economist & Acting Program Leader, Markets, Economics and Policy The use of improved input technologies, particularly fertilizers, remains low in much of sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) despite spirited efforts at continental, regional, and country levels (Figure 1). However, pockets exist where some progress has been achieved, and fertilizer use rates and agricultural productivity have increased significantly. It…

Innovations Liberate Women Farmers

With a potential income of $1300 per hectare (ha), achievable over a production cycle of 10 to 14 months, pineapple production provides a profitable opportunity for thousands of Beninese small-scale producers, especially those who, like Sylvie Affon-Amonmi, provide fresh pineapple at Promo Fruits, leader of the natural juice industry in Benin and partner of IFDC’s 2SCALE project. Sylvie manages a…