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2017 IFDC Staff Awards

IFDC presented three staff members with awards for their outstanding work on September 13, 2017, following the organization’s 43rd Annual Board of Directors’ Meeting.

USAID Constructs Seed Processing Facility in Tamale

The Feed the Future Ghana Agriculture Technology Transfer project handed over a seed processing facility to Ganorma Agro Company Limited in Tamale today through a grant matching program. The facility can process up to 15 metric tons of seed per hour. The project is funded by the United States Agency for International Development and implemented by IFDC. Dr. J. Scott…

Register Today! 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 build your Inclusive Agribusiness based on the experience of successful agribusiness entrepreneurs. A wide range of topics will be covered from value creation to innovative farming solutions, access to finance and agribusiness clusters. The online course will last for four…

New Manual Guides Implementation of Urea Deep Placement Programs

Designed for resource-poor farmers cultivating lowland rice, urea deep placement (UDP) is a nutrient management technology that accomplishes what agriculture must do in a changing climate: increase yields and profitability and reduce pollution. The deep point placement of urea briquettes delivers more nitrogen to the plant and reduces fertilizer use, water contamination, and greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, farmers experience about…

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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…

New Publication: The Political Economy of Genetically Modified Maize in Kenya

Genetically modified (GM) crops have never been approved for commercialization in Kenya, but debates on their suitability have been going on for more than a decade. This article explores these debates in the context of GM maize in Kenya to better understand the positions of the different groups, and whether there is scope for policy change that would lead to…

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…

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