Category: IFDC Perspectives

Leading the Charge in UDP Adoption

Kyaw Win, 73-year-old former Department of Agriculture employee-turned-producer, farms ten acres of rice in the Yangon Region of Myanmar and is one of many farmers who has seen the benefits of urea deep placement (UDP) technology. In 2018, IFDC’s FSI+ project offered UDP training in Kyaw’s town and established a balanced nutrient management and demo plot on his farm. He…

IFDC, OCP, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University sign agreement to engineer new fertilizer solutions

New partnership will explore new fertilizer systems, develop value chains and implement field projects to benefit African farmers April 12, 2019 – Washington, D.C., United States – The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), OCP Group and Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) have announced a multi-year partnership to collaborate on the engineering of new fertilizer technologies, improvement of crop- and soil-specific…

Feed the Future EnGRAIS Project Organizes Workshop on ECOWAS Regulation on Fertilizer Quality for The Gambia and Sierra Leone

Under the auspices of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Feed the Future Enhancing Growth through Regional Agricultural Input Systems (EnGRAIS) Project for West Africa organized a workshop for The Gambia and Sierra Leone on the implementation and enforcement of ECOWAS Regulation C/REG.13/12/12. The regulation governs the quality control of fertilizer traded in West Africa. EnGRAIS is…

Our Deepest Condolences to the Victims of Cyclone Idai

Our Deepest Condolences to the Victims of Cyclone Idai IFDC is deeply saddened to see the damage caused by Cyclone Idai. Our thoughts go out to all those affected in the Beira Corridor, particularly in the communities of Buzi-Sede, Guara-guara, and Inharongue, where IFDC is currently working. The physical devastation is total and tragic; the loss of human life is…

Better Seeds for a Billion Lives

The year is 1945. In Mexico, stem rust has ravaged wheat harvests. The farmers are unsettled that a U.S. scientist is performing research on the very same crop that nearly destroyed their livelihoods. But 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 wheat harvest six-fold.…

ACMA2 Showcases Results to Monitoring Committee

IFDC Press Release For Immediate Release Contact: Olga Kokode ([00229] 97 18 98 31/95 96 46 42; okokode@ifdc.org) Friday, March 22, 2019 – The Communal Approach to the Agricultural Market in Benin – Phase 2 (ACMA2) held its second Monitoring Committee meeting during March 20-21, 2019. Comprising key local and national partners, the ACMA2 Monitoring Committee advises and supports the…

Putting Down Roots

U Ko Ko Latt was tired of living away from his wife. By working with IFDC’s Dry Zone Agro-Input and Farm Services Project, funded by LIFT Myanmar, Ko Latt was able to expand his business and clientele.

Training with a Purpose

“Since my training, my whole life has changed because I know exactly what to do and how to do it.” Sandar Myint is a successful agro-input retailer in Taunggyi Township in the Shan region of Myanmar. The thirty-year-old mother of two runs her family’s agro-input business, though she technically has a degree in electrical engineering and a previous career in…

Fertilizer Deep Placement Continues to Change Lives in Mali

Two years ago, Bakary Traoré, a 61-year-old farmer from Bimbougou, Mali (located 45 km from Sikasso), benefited from an IFDC training on fertilizer deep placement (FDP) and micro dosing (MD) technologies. As a wise entrepreneur, he did not hesitate to invest “I understood from the outset that with these technologies, I will buy less fertilizer. Which means I’m going to…

Radio Partners Commit to Continuing Awareness on Fertilizer Technologies

In many parts of sub-Saharan Africa, radio programs still present one of the best ways for farmers to learn about new agricultural technologies. In Mali, one IFDC-conceived program was so popular that radio stations are continuing to air reruns, despite the completion of their contracts with IFDC. “Tiommi Ni Bonboni Baroni” (“Talk on FDP and MD”) is a program  conceived…

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