USAID FDP MD
Scaling Up Fertilizer Deep Placement and Microdosing Technologies in Mali
The FDP MD project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) from 2014 to 2019, is increasing cereal and vegetable productivity through innovative fertilizer-based technologies while improving resource-poor farmers’ access to quality and nutritious food.
Fertilizer Deep Placement
Rice and vegetable farmers are increasing their yields and incomes using fertilizer deep placement (FDP). Fertilizer briquettes are placed into the soil, near the plant’s root zone, providing the plant with nutrition through its growth cycle
Farmers are also implementing microdosing (MD) technology, the application of very small amounts of fertilizer directly to plant roots. The method increases fertilizer efficiency and can double the productivity of millet and sorghum crops.