Category: IFDC Perspectives

Enterprising Young Woman Expands Her Agro-Input Business

Nay Nay Tun is an agro-input retailer in Phayar Gyi in the Bago Region of Myanmar. She is a young woman from an agribusiness family (her father farms rice on 25 acres, and her brother is a gram merchant). Her father encouraged her to open an agro-input shop because there was only one in Bago town. When she started at the…

2SCALE and Agri-Wallet Win a FiniAward

2SCALE in partnership with Agri-Wallet, the Kenyan fintech solution provider, received a prestigious FiniAward as part of the inaugural Financial Inclusion Awards held in Nairobi last week. The Financial Inclusion Awards recognizes and celebrates key organizations and companies in various sectors that have helped progress financial accessibility in Kenya and across Africa. Read the full story at 2SCALE.org.

PCB Project Supports Mainstreaming of the Potato Industry in Kenya

The potato industry in Kenya has been unregulated, but with the introduction of the Crops (Irish Potato) Regulation in April 2019, this is bound to change. For the first time, all potatoes in Kenya shall be measured by kilogram, and the maximum weight for a single unit package of Irish potato shall be 50 kg. IFDC and other stakeholders have…

West African Farmers Soon to Access Seed and Fertilizer Data Online

Key seeds and fertilizers actors in West Africa are at the last stage of designing an online tool that will soon help address the challenges of accessing these critical inputs by farmers. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/West Africa provides funding for this initiative, and the Feed the Future Enhancing Growth through Regional Agricultural Input Systems (EnGRAIS) and Partnership…

FSI+ Project Responds to Fall Army Worm Infestation

The FSI+ project conducted an Agro-Input Retailers Training on Fall Armyworm at Taunggyi, Aung Ban, Nyaung Shwe, and Pindaya Townships in Southern Shan State, Myanmar, in May 2019. Four batches of agro-input retailers were trained during the two-day event. Facilitators from Impact Terra, Awba, and BASF gave presentations on their support systems and products. The Assistant Director of the Plant…

2SCALE Paves the Way to Financial Inclusion

Access to finance remains a serious challenge for smallholder farmers worldwide, and a large percentage of them are still underfinanced. They often have volatile incomes, limited financial management skills, low productivity margins and lack of guarantees or land titles. For these reasons, most local banks are unwilling to lend them money. As these challenges equally apply to farmers in 2SCALE,…

Registration Open for Bilateral Nanofertilizer Symposium

IFDC in collaboration with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) will host an INDO-US bilateral symposium entitled “Next Generation Biologically Synthesized Nanofertilizers for Seed Coating and Foliar Application” on September 5-7, 2019. The objectives of the symposium are 1) to apply nanotechnology interventions in the fertilizer sector for a better crop production with minimal impact on the ecosystem and 2)…

Climate-Smart Practices to Build Hope and Resilience after Cyclone Idai

Tropical Cyclone Idai made landfall on 14th and 15th March 2019 in Beira City, Sofala Province, in Central Mozambique. The devastating flooding resulting from torrential rains affected nearly 2 million people. Many small-scale farmers who had begun working with IFDC through the Food security through climate Adaptation and Resilience (FAR) programme are glad they did not experience a total loss…

Our 2018 Annual Report

IFDC is proud to release our annual report for 2018. Last year was marked by changes in IFDC’s administration, the close of several projects, and the beginning of new ones. Our annual report features the Feed the Future Ghana Agriculture Technology Transfer (ATT) project, which empowered farmers with technical know-how centered around quality seed delivery, improving soil fertility, and employing good water management…

IFDC Seeks International Firm For Voucher Program in Niger

IFDC is providing technical assistance for the successful implementation of Niger’s Fertilizer Sector Reform Plan, which is expected to significantly improve the contribution of the fertilizer sector to agricultural development in Niger through the private sector. One of the objectives is to assist in the establishment of a renewed fertilizer subsidy system. As such, IFDC is seeking an international firm…

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