Category: IFDC Perspectives

School Teacher Turns Village Leader

Daw Kyin Sai farms 15 acres of land in the Ayeyarwaddy Region of Myanmar and is a demonstration farmer for the USAID-funded Fertilizer Sector Improvement (FSI+) project. Being a full-time teacher, she did not come to farming with much experience but took on the task of managing her parents’ farm after they passed away. With a little hard work and…

PAPAB Project Releases Video Overview

“Mboniyongona means, ‘I have a vision. I know where I am going and where I am coming from.’” Dupfekabana Constance is one farmer benefitting from IFDC’s PAPAB project in Burundi, where farm families work together to cast a vision for their households and achieve it as a unit and as a village. Learn more in PAPAB’s latest video, and check…

Key Players in the Fertilizer Sector in West Africa Converge in Lomé, Togo

Hundreds of key players and stakeholders in the fertilizer sector in West Africa converged on April 24- 26, 2019, at the Sarakawa Hotel in Lomé, Togo for the West Africa Fertilizer Forum (WAFF). Organized by Argus in collaboration with the West African Fertilizer Association (WAFA), WAFF provided an important platform for about 200 people from about 30 countries representing all…

Leading the Charge in UDP Adoption

Kyaw Win, 73-year-old former Department of Agriculture employee-turned-producer, farms ten acres of rice in the Yangon Region of Myanmar and is one of many farmers who has seen the benefits of urea deep placement (UDP) technology. In 2018, IFDC’s FSI+ project offered UDP training in Kyaw’s town and established a balanced nutrient management and demo plot on his farm. He…

Greenhouse Gas Research at IFDC

IFDC leads the way in greenhouse gas-reducing fertilizer technology. We teach farmers to fertilize their crops smarter and give them better tools to do so. As a result, more than 2 million Bangladeshi farmers – as well as many in sub-Saharan Africa – are reducing rice-growing emissions by up to 30 percent. Below is a piece from Upendra Singh, IFDC…

IFDC, OCP, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University sign agreement to engineer new fertilizer solutions

New partnership will explore new fertilizer systems, develop value chains and implement field projects to benefit African farmers April 12, 2019 – Washington, D.C., United States – The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), OCP Group and Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) have announced a multi-year partnership to collaborate on the engineering of new fertilizer technologies, improvement of crop- and soil-specific…

Feed the Future EnGRAIS Project Organizes Workshop on ECOWAS Regulation on Fertilizer Quality for The Gambia and Sierra Leone

Under the auspices of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Feed the Future Enhancing Growth through Regional Agricultural Input Systems (EnGRAIS) Project for West Africa organized a workshop for The Gambia and Sierra Leone on the implementation and enforcement of ECOWAS Regulation C/REG.13/12/12. The regulation governs the quality control of fertilizer traded in West Africa. EnGRAIS is…

Our Deepest Condolences to the Victims of Cyclone Idai

Our Deepest Condolences to the Victims of Cyclone Idai IFDC is deeply saddened to see the damage caused by Cyclone Idai. Our thoughts go out to all those affected in the Beira Corridor, particularly in the communities of Buzi-Sede, Guara-guara, and Inharongue, where IFDC is currently working. The physical devastation is total and tragic; the loss of human life is…

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…

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