Category: Project Updates

Ugandan Families Benefit from Road Rehabilitation

Residents of Bubare Sub-county in Rubanda District can now market their produce with ease following the construction works on the 18km Nyaruhanga-Kyamabare-Butobore-Ihanga community road. The road that was constructed at a cost of Shs 2 billion was commissioned on Tuesday. The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) and the [Embassy of the Netherlands in Uganda] provided the funds while Rubanda District…

IFDC Renews Establishment Agreement with Government of Benin

Contact: Constant Dangbegnon, Chief of Party, ACMA2 Project – cdangbegnon@ifdc.org September 24, 2019 – Cotonou, Benin –The establishment agreement between the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) and the Republic of Benin was renewed on September 24, 2019. This is the conclusion of a long process marked by, in addition to project reports, a field visit of the inter-ministerial committee in charge…

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,…

ACMA2 Inaugurates First Warehouse

Launched on December 3, 2018, by the ACMA2 project, the work on the construction of storage infrastructure for the benefit of the Federation of Producers’ Unions of Benin (FUPRO), has been completed. On this formerly empty site of FUPRO located in Bohicon in the department of Zou, now stands a modern storage and sale infrastructure of agricultural products. The fully…

Collective Selling: Gari Cluster in Benin Benefits from Cooperation

IFDC’s ACMA program in Benin has assisted cassava producers and those who process it into gari (cassava flour) located in Kétou, a municipality of Plateau Department in Benin. Over the course of the project’s two phases, these beneficiaries have learned to sell their product in bulk, and by doing so, better market their product. “Previously we used to work each…

ACMA2 Delivers Processing and Storage Equipment to ABC Stakeholders

On Thursday, June 06, 2019, a ceremony was held to deliver processing and storage equipment to partners of the Communal Approach for the Agricultural Market in Benin – Phase 2 (ACMA2) Program. The ceremony took place at the storage and marketing warehouse built by ACMA2 with funding from the Embassy of the Netherlands for the benefit of the Federation of…

Expanded 2SCALE Team Trains and Bonds in Nairobi, Kenya

Team members from the eight different 2SCALE countries have kicked-off activities of the second phase of the program with a meeting in Nairobi, Kenya. Nearly 50 team members from the eight countries where the program is implemented gathered to learn and participate in team-building exercises. Several new colleagues joined the team, among whom are those from new 2SCALE’s partner SNV,…

USAID’s Fertilizer Deep Placement and Micro Dosing Project Held a Lessons Learned Workshop. 

USAID invested $6 million in a 5-year award with IFDC to develop and disseminate two fertilizer-based technologies, FDP and MD, throughout the Feed the Future Zone of Influence in Sikasso, Mopti, and Timbuktu Regions. The project will close in April 2019. One of the activities of this closing phase is the organization of a lessons learned workshop of the project.…

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…

Financial Toolkit for Women Being Introduced in Kenya

Farmers and rural entrepreneurs generally find it hard to access credit. Women find it particularly difficult, for a variety of reasons, e.g.: lack of collateral (e.g. title deeds), no credit history, and cultural stereotyping among others. 2SCALE interventions are designed to overcome these biases. Selection of project partners and beneficiaries is deliberately skewed in favor of women. Venues and timings…

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