Category: IFDC Perspectives

Better Seeds for a Billion Lives

The year is 1945. In Mexico, stem rust has ravaged wheat harvests. The farmers are unsettled that a U.S. scientist is performing research on the very same crop that nearly destroyed their livelihoods. But he persists, winning their commitment and developing high-yielding, stem-rust-resistant breeds of wheat. By 1963 these seeds effectively eliminated stem rust and increased Mexico’s wheat harvest six-fold.…

ACMA2 Showcases Results to Monitoring Committee

IFDC Press Release For Immediate Release Contact: Olga Kokode ([00229] 97 18 98 31/95 96 46 42; okokode@ifdc.org) Friday, March 22, 2019 – The Communal Approach to the Agricultural Market in Benin – Phase 2 (ACMA2) held its second Monitoring Committee meeting during March 20-21, 2019. Comprising key local and national partners, the ACMA2 Monitoring Committee advises and supports the…

Putting Down Roots

U Ko Ko Latt was tired of living away from his wife. By working with IFDC’s Dry Zone Agro-Input and Farm Services Project, funded by LIFT Myanmar, Ko Latt was able to expand his business and clientele.

Training with a Purpose

“Since my training, my whole life has changed because I know exactly what to do and how to do it.” Sandar Myint is a successful agro-input retailer in Taunggyi Township in the Shan region of Myanmar. The thirty-year-old mother of two runs her family’s agro-input business, though she technically has a degree in electrical engineering and a previous career in…

Fertilizer Deep Placement Continues to Change Lives in Mali

Two years ago, Bakary Traoré, a 61-year-old farmer from Bimbougou, Mali (located 45 km from Sikasso), benefited from an IFDC training on fertilizer deep placement (FDP) and micro dosing (MD) technologies. As a wise entrepreneur, he did not hesitate to invest “I understood from the outset that with these technologies, I will buy less fertilizer. Which means I’m going to…

Radio Partners Commit to Continuing Awareness on Fertilizer Technologies

In many parts of sub-Saharan Africa, radio programs still present one of the best ways for farmers to learn about new agricultural technologies. In Mali, one IFDC-conceived program was so popular that radio stations are continuing to air reruns, despite the completion of their contracts with IFDC. “Tiommi Ni Bonboni Baroni” (“Talk on FDP and MD”) is a program  conceived…

WAFA Increases Visibility Among Actors in the Fertilizer Sector, Positioned as the Voice of the Industry in West Africa

While fertilizer consumption in West Africa has significantly increased over the past 2 years, the sector remains hugely dominated by and dependent on governments implementing subsidy and distribution programs. The West African Fertilizer Association (WAFA) was born in 2016 of the will of the private players of the fertilizer sector in the region to join forces to meet the challenges…

Warrantage System Empowers Palm Oil Producers

  Aziz Evenanmian has produced and processed palm oil for nearly two decades in the commune of Akpro-Missérété in Benin. He used to sell his oil individually in the surrounding markets, but now, through opportunities offered by IFDC’s ACMA2 project, Evenanmian aggregates his palm oil with other producers. Evenanmian heard about the ACMA program for the first time in 2017.…

ACMA2 Engages Young Farmers in Benin

In 2018, the Youth, Agribusiness, and ICT4Ag team of the ACMA2 program, through a tour in the departments of Ouémé and Zou, sensitized young farmers involved in the peanut, maize, soya, chili, cassava, palm oil, and fish value chains, ACMA2’s plans to engage young entrepreneurs. This activity made it possible to massively enroll young people in the ACMA2 youth strategy,…

Rice technology – building capacity in Western Kenya

Rice production in Kisumu county, Kenya, is increasing rapidly, thanks in part to 2SCALE’s capacity building programs. The program is practical, hands-on, and tailored to different groups – mostly farmers, but also input retailers, extension agents, and even managers and accountants from farmer cooperatives. The capacity building program is led by two private firms: Cool Trends, which specializes in farmer…

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