Accelerating Agriculture and Agribusiness in South Sudan for Enhanced Economic Development (A3-SEED)
Budget: $10 million
Implementing Partner: Royal Tropical Institute (KIT)
Donor: Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) in Juba
A3-SEED (2020-2025) is supporting the commercialization of the seed sector to transition South Sudan from humanitarian relief support to a commercial, sustainable, and adaptive agriculture sector. Through existing private sector seed companies and outgrowers, seed production practices and input marketing and distribution will be improved so that quality seed is available down to the last mile. Smallholder farmers are being encouraged in the use of quality seed as well as good agricultural and climate-resilient farming practices. Over the next five years, A3-SEED will improve the livelihoods of more than 100,000 farming households, facilitate the development of 100 agro-dealers and 400 new businesses owned or managed by women and youth, and ensure over 42,000 hectares of farmland is under agroecological production and resilient to shocks and that 50% of relief seed is procured locally.
Budget: €33.5 million
Implementing Partner: Wageningen Environmental Research, Oxfam Novib, and ZOA
Donor: Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Burundi
PAPAB (2015-2020) promoted market-oriented, climate-resilient, and sustainable agricultural techniques, supported by fertilizer subsidies. The project sustainably increased agricultural productivity, strengthened resilience, and raised incomes for 865,666 farming households during Component 1 and 59,575 farming households during Component 2 (see the PAPAB final report). A 2019 impact study carried out to assess the integrated farm planning approach showed that over 80% of households significantly increased their incomes over three years. In 2020, the project supported the National Fertilizer Subsidy Program (PNSEB) to give about 800,000 farming households access to 56,236 mt of fertilizers and 9,210 mt of dolomite.
Budget: €8.8 million
Implementing Partners: Wageningen Environmental Research and Twitezimbere
Donor: Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Burundi
PAGRIS (2020-2024) is an innovative project in Burundi that seeks to achieve ecologically sustainable land management. After a six-month inception phase, the project identified 42 pilot villages, 215 relevant watersheds of around 20 ha each, and 294 research farmers. The communities within the watersheds have been taught to develop their own plan to improve landscape management, tackle soil erosion, reach stewardship agreements, and implement integrated practices through collective community action. The research farmers have been trained to co-create their own integrated farming plan and to test and implement land stewardship strategies and practices using the participatory learning and action approach. At the institutional level, PAGRIS supported the Soil Fertilization Directorate (DFS) to improve the strategic and technical quality of fertilizers that have been produced and distributed in Burundi through the National Fertilizer Subsidy Program (PNSEB).
Feed the Future Soil Fertility Technology (SFT) Adoption, Policy Reform and Knowledge Management Project
IFDC’s work under the Feed the Future SFT agreement* bridges the gap between scientific research and technology dissemination to smallholder farmers. Research Objectives The project conducts research with partners from universities, national and international research and development institutions, and the private sector. The project is comprised of three interworking objectives that applies research accomplished in […]
Budget: U.S. $1,143,000
Lead Implementing Partner: International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)
IFDC is implementing fertilizer sector-related activities as a subcontractor on the NSAF project (2016-2021) in collaboration with public and private sector actors, including the Nepal Agricultural Research Council, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development (MoALD), Department of Agriculture, Nepal Entrepreneurs and Fertilizer Association, and agro-input companies. The project is working on rice, maize, lentils, onions, cauliflower, and tomatoes in 26 districts, comprising 21 districts in the Feed the Future Zone of Influence in Nepal plus five earthquake-affected districts in Bagmati Province. In response to COVID-19, an initial assessment was conducted with partner cooperatives in April 2020 to determine the availability of fertilizer. IFDC assisted the national agricultural research system (NARS) in preparing digital soil mapping, the scope of work for the fertilizer blending policy activity for MoALD, and training materials on organic matter buildup in Nepalese soils. IFDC also assisted the Government of Nepal in importing 50,000 mt of urea fertilizers from Bangladesh during the pandemic.
Budget: U.S. $8.5 million
Implementing Partners: Institut Sénégalais de Recherche Agricoles (ISRA), Agence Nationale pour le Conseil Agricole et Rural (ANCAR), Directorate of Agriculture, producer organizations, and the private sector
Dundël Suuf (2019-2022) is being implemented in five agroecological zones of Senegal to address the use of inappropriate fertilizer formulas, lack of adoption of improved fertilizer technologies, poor enforcement of fertilizer quality control, and an inefficient subsidy program. The program supports improvement of soil fertilization to increase agricultural productivity in the country. In its first year of implementation, 13 partners were selected to carry out 624 fertilizer deep placement (FDP) and microdosing (MD) demonstration plots on 1,037 hectares (ha) for 4,626 beneficiaries, 50% of whom are women. A total of 9,332 participants are being trained on FDP and MD application, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), and budget management. Four preliminary texts and an inspection manual have been drafted and validated to facilitate the adoption of the ECOWAS fertilizer regulation. To contribute to subsidy reform, 2,150 flyers on the smart fertilizer subsidy program were shared.