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New Publication: Gender Mainstreaming in Agribusiness Partnerships

Inclusive agribusinesses will play a critical role in the coming decades, not only to feed 9 billion people by 2050, but also to create job opportunities and improve livelihoods for those least integrated into economic channels. For the past five years, IFDC’s Towards Sustainable Clusters in Agribusiness through Learning in Entrepreneurship (2SCALE) project has been strengthening agribusiness linkages to profitable…

AfricaFertilizer.org Publishes Register of Fertilizer Plants in Sub-Saharan Africa

The third edition of the “AfricaFertilizer.org Register of Fertilizer Manufacturing & Processing Facilities in Sub-Saharan Africa” was released at the AfricaFertilizer.org annual partners’ meeting on February 15, 2017 during the 8th annual Argus FMB Africa Fertilizer conference in Cape Town, South Africa. The register lists operational fertilizer manufacturing and processing plants in sub-Saharan Africa as of January 2017. Contributors to the…

Prem Bindraban Discusses Youth Job Creation Through Advanced Soil and Plant Nutrition

Prem Bindraban, director of IFDC’s European-Netherlands Office, is giving a presentation on February 8, 2017, about the importance of plant and soil nutrition for farmers in sub-Saharan Africa. He will speak at the Food First conference in The Hague about how African agriculture needs precise and innovative fertilizers to improve health, harvests, and the environment, all while engaging youth and encouraging…

New Publication: Micronutrients to Mitigate Drought Stress

Micronutrients provide multiple benefits to crops, such as boosting crop performance under adverse environmental conditions. This paper demonstrates the effects of micronutrients in mitigating drought stress in soybean. Treatment of the plants with micronutrients mitigated the reduction of nutrient uptake under drought conditions. Nitrogen uptake was significantly increased. Similarly, zinc uptake and grain zinc content were significantly enhanced by the…

New Publication: Fertilizer Subsidies — Which Way Forward?

While fertilizer subsidies have become increasingly common across the world to stimulate supply and use of fertilizers, it remains unknown whether or not these policies are appropriate for the challenge of feeding an ever-growing population – 10 billion people by 2050. In many developed economies, fertilizer subsidies have been replaced by various fertilizer support programs. Will fertilizer subsidies remain effective…

IFDC Announces New Structure

I am pleased to announce changes to our organizational structure that will allow us to more effectively deliver quality research and extension around the world. I am proud of our staff’s accomplishments and confident this reorganization will empower our teams to have even greater impact. Our country offices and development projects in Africa and Asia will be realigned under Global…

IFDC Staff Members Receive Exceptional Performance Awards

In 2016, two staff members of IFDC North and West Africa Division (NWAFD) received awards for exceptional performance. In Mali, Aly Coulibaly, chief of party (COP) of our Fertilizer Deep Placement and Micro-Dosing Technologies (FDP-MD) project, received an award. Under his leadership, the FDP-MD project has become successful, with excellent performance and high visibility. The award ceremony took place in…

Mitigation co-benefits of increased water and nutrient efficiency in irrigated rice in Bangladesh

Decreasing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while increasing water and nutrient efficiency in irrigated rice is one of our goals in Bangladesh. Made possible through the Accelerating Agriculture Productivity Improvement (AAPI) project, our practices and technologies have retained or increased yields while mitigating environmental impact. The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) featured our work on…

New Online Course on Inclusive Agribusiness

Organized by 2SCALE and the Inclusive Business Accelerator, the bootcamp on Inclusive Agribusiness aims to equip participants with knowledge and tools to manage an Inclusive Agribusiness, based on the experience of successful agribusiness entrepreneurs. A wide range of topics will be covered from sales and distribution to marketing and gender approaches. The online course will last for four weeks and is…