Category: IFDC Perspectives

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…

UDP Technology Growing Business in Northern Ghana

Until 2014, when urea deep placement (UDP) technology was introduced to farmers at the Tono irrigation scheme in the Upper East Region of Ghana, 59-year-old Prince Yao Koreh, owner of Simple Prince Agro-input Company, had no idea about the technology, but now he is cashing in on the sale of urea briquettes. The success of the UDP demonstration plots created…

Small Garden. New Habits. Big Success.

Rini Begum, a 33-year-old vegetable farmer from Bagdanga village, Sadar Upazila, Jessore, Bangladesh, is one of many women who has seen the benefits of the IFDC-Walmart Accelerating Vegetable Productivity Improvement (AVPI) project’s goal “to boost the knowledge and income of women vegetable and fruit farmers in southern Bangladesh.” In 2014, Rini and her husband, living on an increasingly shrinking line…

fertilizer products on a shelf

Micronutrients Maximize Plant Fertilization

By: Christian Dimkpa, IFDC Scientist and Plant-Soil Biologist Micronutrients are plant nutrients needed in small quantities but that, nevertheless, contribute to crop productivity in signicant ways. Micronutrients include zinc (Zn), iron (Fe), boron (B), copper (Cu), manganese (Mn), nickel (Ni), molybdenum (Mo), and chloride (Cl- ). As highlighted in recent reports, these nutrients perform individual as well as coordinated functions…

youth in a field at a learning center in Nigeria

2SCALE and Partners Develop Farmers’ Academy in Nigeria

Recently, SPAR International and the Artee Group (AG) have embarked upon an ambitious new initiative to support smallholder Nigerian farmers to produce high-quality fruits and vegetables for Nigerian consumers.[1] To achieve this, the IFDC-led 2SCALE program has been collaborating with AG. The partnership with AG aims to support the establishment of a Farmers’ Academy in Sagamu in Nigeria. The Academy…

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…

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