Category: Project Updates

Supporting Reforms to Ghana’s National Fertilizer Subsidy Program Yields Results

Many West African countries are finding ways to make their national fertilizer subsidy programs work effectively and efficiently to support and improve national agriculture agendas across the region. The Government of Ghana (GoG)/Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) has been implementing a national fertilizer subsidy program to support its flagship Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) program to boost agricultural…

Regional EnGRAIS Project Publishes Ghana Fertilizer Value Chain Optimization Study

Contact: Robin Wheeler (rwheeler@ifdc.org, +233 (0) 56 002 7917/18) January 15, 2020, Accra, Ghana – The Government of Ghana (GoG), represented by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), commissioned IFDC and specifically the Feed the Future Enhancing Growth through Regional Agriculture Input Systems (EnGRAIS) project to analyze the country’s fertilizer value chain under the GoG’s Ghana Fertilizer Expansion Programme…

Extension materials on best agronomic practices endorsed by government of Nepal

Agricultural extension materials on best management practices for rice (left) and cauliflower, developed by CIMMYT as part of the NSAF project. Note: A version of this post first appeared on CIMMYT.org. KATHMANDU, Nepal (CIMMYT) — Maintenance and enhancement of soil fertility are vital for food security and environmental sustainability. However, a baseline survey conducted through the Nepal Seed and Fertilizer…

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…

Slow-release nitrogen fertilizers measure up

Note: A version of this post first appeared on CIMMYT.org. Maize, rice and wheat are the major staple crops in Nepal, but they are produced using a lot of fertilizer, which may become an environmental hazard if not completely used up in production. Unfortunately, most farmers apply fertilizers in an unbalanced way. Urea is a common fertilizer used as a…

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