Category: IFDC Perspectives

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Innovations Liberate Women Farmers

With a potential income of $1300 per hectare (ha), achievable over a production cycle of 10 to 14 months, pineapple production provides a profitable opportunity for thousands of Beninese small-scale producers, especially those who, like Sylvie Affon-Amonmi, provide fresh pineapple at Promo Fruits, leader of the natural juice industry in Benin and partner of IFDC’s 2SCALE project. Sylvie manages a…

2016 Highlights

  Season’s greetings! In 2016, IFDC had the pleasure of working with smallholder farmers and agricultural entrepreneurs across more than 20 nations. As the year comes to a close, we reflect on our mission and on the stories of agriculturalists who are feeding their families and the world. To recap the year, we are sharing our top five blog posts…

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Sustainable Use of Fertilizers for Productivity and Climate Change Mitigation

By: Dr. Deborah Hellums, Director of Fertilizer Research Every person alive depends on agriculture for food, but agriculture accounts for 12 percent of annual greenhouse gas emissions. About half of these emissions come from arguably a most necessary component of agriculture: the use of nitrogen fertilizers. Mineral fertilizers, combined with organic fertilizers (along with other inputs and best management practices),…

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Fertilizer Producer in Myanmar Focuses on Farmers

Daw Kyin Than Oo operates a fertilizer business in the Yangon region of Myanmar. Her husband U Ko Gyi passed away recently, and she was left to raise her four children on her own. Thankfully, they have helped her maintain the family business. The elder son supervises production with two family laborers, while her two daughters work in the company. Her other son is still…

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Model Farmer Hosts Competition for 12 Others

Most farmers believe that the solution to increasing yields is expanding the area of cultivation, and, as a result, plowing many acres of land. But these beliefs are changing. The farmer model competition, an initiative championed by Michael Asutami, a seed producer, is correcting such erroneous beliefs by teaching farmers the need to focus on improved farming practices such as…

Feed the Future Nigeria Agro-Inputs Project Facilitates Smallholder Farmers’ Access to Finance

In partnership with Fortis Microfinance Bank (a microfinance institution supported by the USAID Development Credit Authority), the Feed the Future Nigeria Agro-Inputs Project made it possible for smallholder farmers to purchase all the necessary agro-inputs, such as fertilizers, seeds, and agro-chemicals, for their farming activities during the year. In April 2016, the project executed a fully signed relationship with two microfinance…

IFDC 2016 Staff Awards

Mr. David B. Wright The Amit Roy Outstanding Headquarters Staff Award David Wright displays dedication, determination, and drive on a daily basis. He is a tireless worker who is friendly to everyone and is always willing to lend a helping hand. David has devoted well over 30 years of service to IFDC and has displayed the utmost professionalism during his…

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IFDC Training Participants Explore U.S. Agriculture

After almost two weeks and six states, our biggest international training program of 2016 is complete. From August 22 to September 3, IFDC hosted and coordinated the stay of more than 40 innovative farmers, agronomists, soil scientists, researchers, and extension agents as they explored various agricultural technologies and participated in training sessions across the South and Midwest United States. Titled “Advances…

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Irrigating Seed Fields: a Valuable Contribution to the Seed Sector in Burundi

The ISSD Burundi Project Advisory Committee is an advisory body set up by the project to give its opinions and considerations on the implementation of project activities. The committee consists of 7 members representing the following institutions: the Burundi Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, the National Office of Certification and Seed Control (ONCCS), and the National Seed Committee (CNS). As…

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ISSD: A Demonstration in Quality Seeds

The Integrated Seed Sector Development project (ISSD) in Burundi, funded through the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, strives to ensure smallholder access to quality seeds. Through the project’s promotion of rural economic development and improvement of food security, ISSD plans to strengthen seed enterprises in East and Southern Africa through 2018. While ISSD works to achieve its goal in…