At IFDC, our solutions focus on bridging the gap between these big issues. We strive to develop better fertilizer and production technologies, transfer these improved technologies to smallholder farmers, and connect these farmers to efficient and profitable markets. This continuum is supported by our work to foster an enabling environment which includes conducive government policies, knowledge and data management, and smart fertilizer subsidies, among others.

In practice, our solutions take the shape of four Strategic Objectives. Each of these objectives is supported by research and development activities which embody Our Approaches.

A Sketch of IFDC's Mission in Action with Updated Font

Develop Better Technologies

Develop, identify, and test technologies and innovations to improve soil health and plant nutrition.

Catalyze Farm Productivity

Increase farm productivity, profitability, and sustainability of target smallholder agricultural systems.

Strengthen Markets

Strengthen input and output market systems to scale technologies and improve livelihoods, environmental outcomes, and climate resilience.

Enable Impact

Enable impact by improving policies, strengthening capacity, and sharing knowledge.

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2020-2030 Strategy

By streamlining our legacy of expertise while also incorporating innovative thinking and expanded partnerships, IFDC remains ready to solve issues of hunger, malnutrition, poverty, and environmental sustainability.

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Our Approach

We go beyond short-term answers to complex problems. By working with partners to bridge the traditional gap between research, smallholder farmers, and markets, we strive to solve the greatest food security issues facing the world today.

Our Impact

Our work strives to go from science to impact. Since 1974, our efforts in the lab and the field have empowered farmers and business owners all over the world to change their lives.

Our Research

From field tests to laboratory analysis, or from fertilizer market assessments to economic studies, our research philosophy revolves around applied research for sustained impact.