Category: IFDC Perspectives

IFDC Granted $56.8 Million to Develop African Agribusiness

New project builds on IFDC and partners’ work to empower African farmers IFDC Press Release For Immediate Release Monday, December 10, 2018 Contact: Andy Thigpen (256-381-6600, ext. 299; athigpen@ifdc.org; @IFDCNews) December 10, 2018 – Muscle Shoals, Ala., United States – The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) announces a new $56.8 million grant from the Dutch government to improve the lives…

Soil-SMaRT – Helping Smallholder Farmers Deliver Balanced Crop Nutrition

Our food supply depends on the world’s smallholder producers and the soils on which they farm. But soil degradation, which affects one-third of the earth’s land area, threatens farmers’ livelihoods and results in $40 billion per year in economic losses. To increase productivity, farmers must apply plant nutrients (via fertilizers) that their soils lack. Most smallholder farmers, particularly in sub-Saharan…

KeFERT Spurs Action for a More Competitive Fertilizer Sector in Kenya

Kenya’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Irrigation (MoALF&I), in collaboration with IFDC and various public and private partners, organized the Kenya Fertilizer Roundtable (KeFERT) meeting to bring together fertilizer stakeholders in the country and region. The meeting was held October 16-17, 2018, to spur coordinated efforts toward unblocking constraints that limit smallholder farmers’ access to and use of fertilizers…

Drone Technology Evaluates Crop Health in Northern Ghana

Iowa State University (ISU), through the USAID Ghana Feed the Future Agriculture Technology Transfer (ATT) project, is using drones to evaluate rice production under nitrogen management systems at the Tono irrigation scheme in the Upper East Region of Ghana. With drone technology, ISU compared the health and productivity of rice fertilized using urea deep placement (UDP) and rice grown under…

Video Series: Strengthening Resilience in Uganda

IFDC’s REACH-Uganda project has released a new video series entitled “Strengthening Resilience in Uganda”. The four videos give an overview of the project’s activities to improve farmers’ market engagement, strengthen household resilience, and increase availability of agriculture support services for 40,000 farmers and businesses in the rice and potato value chains.  The project is funded by Embassy of the Kingdom…

World Food Day: Eyes On Burundi

This World Food Day, our eyes are on Burundi. Read our interactive story to learn more about how farmers in Burundi are building resilience by growing and selling more food for better prices.

IFDC Evaluates Portable Soil Testing Kits

Smallholder farmers, particularly those in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, often lack access to soil testing laboratories to determine their soil’s fertility and the nutrients required to increase crop productivity. This causes farmers to apply fertilizer that may not meet their soil’s needs. One solution is the use of mobile soil testing kits that are inexpensive and easy to use.…

Achieving a Last-Mile Milestone: The ATT Seed Van Initiative

Most smallholder farmers in northern Ghana lack access to high-quality certified seed. They often use seed that they save from one season to the next. With saved seeds, these farmers barely produce enough to feed their household year-round. However, since the Feed the Future Ghana Agriculture Technology Transfer (ATT) project began in 2013, the situation has started to improve. To ensure that certified seeds get to rural farmers, ATT implemented the Seed Van Initiative. “Through our small grant support program, we provided 22 vans to seed producers that travel to hard-to-reach communities – at the last…

Dairy Insights Shape 2SCALE Focus

Kenya’s dairy sector is the biggest in the region, accounting for 10% of national agricultural GDP. The sector is dominated by small-scale farmers supplying to a few large dairy processors. An industry review, completed earlier this year, helped identify a niche for IFDC’s Toward Sustainable Clusters in Agribusiness through Learning in Entrepreneurship (2SCALE) project, where we could focus our efforts…

Farmers’ Wallets Grow with Electronic Banking

A fat wallet is good; a fat electronic wallet is even better. Dutch financial services firm Dodore is partnering with IFDC’s Toward Sustainable Clusters in Agribusiness through Learning in Entrepreneurship (2SCALE) project to roll out the Agri-wallet, a mobile-phone-based platform that allows farmers to save in small installments, in order to buy seeds, fertilizers, and other inputs for the next…

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