Category: Project Updates

youth in a field at a learning center in Nigeria

2SCALE and Partners Develop Farmers’ Academy in Nigeria

Recently, SPAR International and the Artee Group (AG) have embarked upon an ambitious new initiative to support smallholder Nigerian farmers to produce high-quality fruits and vegetables for Nigerian consumers.[1] To achieve this, the IFDC-led 2SCALE program has been collaborating with AG. The partnership with AG aims to support the establishment of a Farmers’ Academy in Sagamu in Nigeria. The Academy…

mali women in training

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…

Small Malian Company Boasts Big Profits

The private sector plays a predominant role in the implementation of USAID Fertilizer Deep Placement and Microdosing (FDP MD) project activities. The entire FDP chain is driven by urea super granule (USG) production companies. In the Mopti region of Mali, a total of six briquetting machines were acquired by investors, including the private sector and NGOs.

Farming for Profit: A College Graduate Turns to Agriculture

Our 2SCALE project helps farmers profit from their work by providing training and agribusiness linkages. Below is the story from a young farmer who chose the farm over the city. My name is Yusuf Monimago from Kwara State, North Central Nigeria. I have a background in public administration at Kwara State Polytechnic, and I also trained for one year on…

Irish Potatoes, Irish Partners

A new IFDC-led project in Kenya, funded by the government of Ireland, will begin operations in January 2017. The project was announced by Ireland’s Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Joe McHugh, on November 29. It will connect small-scale potato farmers to new technologies and new markets and will work with government, non-governmental organizations (NGO), and private…

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…

WAFA Elects Executive Board Members and Commits to Increasing the Availability of Affordable, Quality and Appropriate Fertilizer in West Africa

The USAID-West Africa Fertilizer Program (WAFP), after months of sustained coordination efforts, has brought the West African Fertilizer Association (WAFA) into being. WAFP facilitated the proceedings of the two-day incorporation meeting at the Hotel Fiesta Royal, Accra, Ghana on the September 27-28, 2016. The first day of the meeting opened with the reading and adoption of the WAFA’s by-laws and…

Regional Forum on Cotton and Food Security Lays Foundation for Partnerships

The Regional Forum on Cotton and Food Security in Central and West African countries gathered in Lome, Togo in September to discuss laying foundations to facilitate partnerships in the agriculture sector to help achieve food and nutritional security. Under the authority of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) and with the financial support of the United States Agency…

CATALIST-Uganda Leaves Legacy

The Netherlands-funded CATALIST-Uganda project closed in September, leaving behind a legacy of improvements in crop yields, farm incomes, and technical capacity. The four-year project worked on multiple crops – rice, potato, cassava, sunflower, soybean, barley – and reached more than 70,000 farmers (53 percent women) in 23 districts. Overall, CATALIST-Uganda enabled smallholder farmers to harvest an extra 100,000 tons (cereal…

Seed Processing Equipment a Lifeline for Three Seed Companies

It is a flourishing business season for Antika, Ariku, and Heritage Seed, three seed companies in Upper East, Upper West and Northern Regions of Ghana. They have sold over 475 metric tons (mt) of seed processed for this cropping season. With the help of new seed processing machines acquired through the matching grant mechanism of the IFDC-implemented Feed the Future…

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