Category: IFDC Perspectives

Mechanical Rice

Mechanization of farm operations can dramatically cut costs and improve quality. We’re working with two private firms to scale out low-cost mechanization options for rice farmers in Kisumu. Nyabon Enterprises provides equipment and trains service providers on operation and maintenance. Cool Trends leads the farmer training component. A range of equipment is available:  power tillers, rotavators, weeders, sprayers, harvesters, threshers,…

IFDC Uganda’s industry-focused internship program: a gateway to a rewarding career

Internships build foundational experience for college graduates. The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) enrolls interns in sectors of intervention to provide employment opportunities and promote work ethic in the lives of young people. Grace, Jockina, Irad and Rebecca are recent graduates that IFDC’s 2SCALE and REACH-Uganda projects employed as part of the Internship Junior Program.  “My career as an agronomist with the Ministry of…

2SCALE-2 To Launch in 2019

The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs has signed a €50 million contract to fund 2SCALE-2, a five-year project, which will be launched in January 2019. The targets are ambitious: create public-private partnerships that reach 750,000 smallholder farmers and 5,000 private businesses and empower them to integrate successfully into commercial agri-food value chains. 2SCALE-2 will be implemented by a consortium: IFDC,…

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.…

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