Scaling Up Fertilizer Deep Placement and Microdosing Technologies in Mali
USAID FDP MD
is improving food security and the incomes of smallholder farmers and rural agro-entrepreneurs in Mali.
Increasing Cereal Crop Productivity
The FDP MD project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) from 2014 to 2017, is increasing cereal crop productivity in Mali. The project promotes and disseminates innovative fertilizer-based technologies for targeted crops including rice, millet and sorghum within the country.
Introducing Fertilizer Deep Placement
The project is successfully introducing fertilizer deep placement (FDP)
technology through irrigated rice demonstrations. Many farmers
are now applying FDP on their own land.
Farmers are also implementing microdosing (MD) technology on their land. Microdosing is 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.