Category: IFDC Perspectives

Seed Multiplication Benefits Kenyan Potato Farmers

With the emerging market trends and unstable potato prices in Nyandarua County and other potato-producing counties in Kenya, farmers are employing new methods to reap big from their produce. After encountering difficulties while trying to go to market on their own, especially in dictating the prices of fresh produce, farmers in Nyandarua have started forming common interest groups in an effort…

2SCALE Launches Digital Innovation Challenge for Climate Smart Agriculture

Are you an entrepreneur with a digital innovation that boosts climate smart agriculture in Africa? Apply to our challenge! It’s easy and takes under an hour. The 2SCALE program wants to incentivise the implementation of new technologies to help farmers drive productivity and profitability and respond to the impact of climate change. This could include innovations that solve pressing problems…

The History and Future of Phosphorus

A Brief History of Phosphorus Around 1669, in his basement in Hamburg, Germany, Hennig Brand, one of the last alchemists, boiled down about 1,500 gallons of human urine in search of the Philosopher’s Stone. These alchemists believed this mystic stone could transmute any metal into gold. As the liquid turned to sludge, Brand made a few adjustments and discovered something…

REACH: Boosting Household Resilience in Uganda

Funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Uganda, REACH works to build resilient market systems and farm households with a focus on rice and potato value chains. By employing a market systems approach to development, REACH seeks to bolster local markets so that they will function more effectively, sustainably, and beneficially for poor farmers. Instead of…

2019 Staff Awards

IFDC presented three staff members with awards for their outstanding work on September 18, 2019, following the organization’s 45th Annual Board of Directors’ Meeting. Please join us in congratulating this year’s winners of the IFDC staff awards. The commitment, dedication, and talent of these three individuals is an inspiration to us all, and we thank them for their outstanding service.…

First Briquetting Machine Adopter in Myanmar Continues to Grow Business

Zin Mar Kyaw is an entrepreneur who started as an input retailer and invested her earnings in agricultural land. Starting with 25 acres, she now has rice planted on 180 acres. She saw the value of urea deep placement (UDP) technology and was the first in the country to purchase a briquetting machine via the Fertilizer Sector Improvement (FSI+) project…

Enterprising Young Woman Expands Her Agro-Input Business

Nay Nay Tun is an agro-input retailer in Phayar Gyi in the Bago Region of Myanmar. She is a young woman from an agribusiness family (her father farms rice on 25 acres, and her brother is a gram merchant). Her father encouraged her to open an agro-input shop because there was only one in Bago town. When she started at the…

2SCALE and Agri-Wallet Win a FiniAward

2SCALE in partnership with Agri-Wallet, the Kenyan fintech solution provider, received a prestigious FiniAward as part of the inaugural Financial Inclusion Awards held in Nairobi last week. The Financial Inclusion Awards recognizes and celebrates key organizations and companies in various sectors that have helped progress financial accessibility in Kenya and across Africa. Read the full story at 2SCALE.org.

PCB Project Supports Mainstreaming of the Potato Industry in Kenya

The potato industry in Kenya has been unregulated, but with the introduction of the Crops (Irish Potato) Regulation in April 2019, this is bound to change. For the first time, all potatoes in Kenya shall be measured by kilogram, and the maximum weight for a single unit package of Irish potato shall be 50 kg. IFDC and other stakeholders have…

West African Farmers Soon to Access Seed and Fertilizer Data Online

Key seeds and fertilizers actors in West Africa are at the last stage of designing an online tool that will soon help address the challenges of accessing these critical inputs by farmers. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/West Africa provides funding for this initiative, and the Feed the Future Enhancing Growth through Regional Agricultural Input Systems (EnGRAIS) and Partnership…

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