Category: IFDC Perspectives

IFDC and ICAR revitalize partnership to research soil fertility

  New work plan will focus on collaboration for advanced research in soil fertility, fertilizer management   On December 4, 2019, IFDC signed a work plan for 2020-2021 with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) at Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi, India. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was first signed between both the organizations in 1994. As per the work…

Soil is Life. Let’s Conserve It.

By: Dr. Shree Prasad Vista, Senior Soil Scientist, Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC), Dr. Yam Gaihre, Soil Scientist, International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), Dr. Naba Raj Pandit, Research Associate, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT). This post has been adapted from an op-ed submitted by the authors on soil management in Nepal. The original can be found here.  …

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…

DZ Project Trainings Help Extension Agent Build Confidence and Relationships

The Myanmar DOA is responsible for information dissemination regarding agronomic practices, plant protection, soil and water conservation, and plant nutrient management. The scope of responsibility and work is broad, and the DOA faces extra challenges because of restrictive budget resources. The DOA plays the lead role in nationwide programs such as good agricultural practices (GAPs) and integrated pest management (IPM),…

Good Agricultural Practices Boost Yields and Income for DZ Producer

U Myint Aung is a farmer in the Kyauk Phu village of Taungtha township in Myanmar. He is a customer of U Nyi Nyi Naing, an input and service provider (ISP) also involved with IFDC’s Dry Zone Agro-Input and Farm Services (DZ) project, funded by the Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT). Through this connection, Myint Aung attended farmer…

Entrepreneurial Tractor Service Provider Shares Benefits with Farmers

U Yu Lwin, an input and service provider (ISP) in Ah Neint village, Myingyan township in Myanmar, is one of three brothers who started a family business in 2002. Before linking with the LIFT DZ project in 2016, he had two tractors that he used to prepare land for farmers. During the three years partnering with IFDC, he has increased…

Mechanization Eases Hardships for Farmers in Dry Zone of Myanmar

New Technologies Help Conserve Resources Mya Maw Lwin has been a rice farmer for more than 20 years. He used primarily traditional practices on his farm. He broadcast his seed in the ground before transplanting. He used old seeds and never practiced row cropping. He only used urea fertilizer and had no knowledge of curing leaf blight or managing weeds.…

Agro-Retailer Benefits from Business Support Services

U Nyi Nyi Naing is an agro-input retailer and owner of a shop called Swan Htet Yar Zar in Kyauk Phu village of Taungtha township in Myanmar. In 2016 Nyi Nyi Naing began participating in activities implemented by IFDC’s Dry Zone Agro-Input and Farm Services (DZ) project, funded by the Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT). He attended training…

REACH Project Highlights Partnerships with Intervention Factsheets

A key aspect of sustainable development and fostering resilience is a strong private sector-led market. Building capacity of local companies, providing technical training, and linking farmers to markets are all key to improving livelihoods for farmers, increasing profits for companies, and establishing a resilient market system. Through a portfolio of business partnerships, the Resilient Efficient Agribusiness Chains in Uganda (REACH-Uganda)…

PCB Project Assists Farmers to Improve Potato Seed Storage

Over the years, potato yields in Kenya have been on a steady decline. One of the major reasons for this decline is the practice of using poor quality seed that is passed on from several seasons if not years. “Most of the potato farmers in the country have been planting inferior seeds, which are mainly leftovers from their harvests. Because…

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