Recent Projects

East & Southern Africa Division

AIMS I and II

Agricultural Input Markets Strengthening (2006-2009, 2009-2012)

The first and second phases of the AIMS project promoted private sector investment in agro-input technologies and marketing in Mozambique. The project improved farmers’ access to technologies by building competitive markets and improving agro-dealer networks. Key components were agro-dealer business development and capacity building, association-building, technology transfer and extension support, increased production of improved seeds and improved policy environments. More...

Cassava+

Helping Farmers Produce Cassava for Profit (2009-ongoing)

Cassava+ improved the livelihoods of targeted smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa through cassava value chain development and sustainable intensification of agricultural production. Cassava+ was a public-private partnership (PPP) between the Dutch Agricultural Development & Trading Company (DADTCO) and IFDC. Cassava+ revolutionized cassava production, changing the tuber from a subsistence crop to a commercial crop for involved farmers. More...

CATALIST

Catalyze Accelerated Agricultural Intensification for Social and Environmental Stability (2006-2012)

The CATALIST project’s mandate was to increase food security, reduce poverty, improve regional collaboration and foster peace and security in Central Africa’s Great Lakes Region (CAGLR) through agricultural development. The project enabled over 250,000 farmers to increase their crop production and incomes through an integrated approach combining sustainable agricultural intensification technologies (including integrated soil fertility management) with farm-to-market linkages, agroforestry and infrastructure construction. More...

COMRAP

COMESA Regional Agricultural Inputs Program (2010-2011)

COMRAP responded to rising food prices by increasing agricultural productivity through improved access to finance, fertilizer and seeds. Targeting about 3 million smallholder farmers, the project worked to improve financial services, strengthen or establish agro-dealer networks and support commodity value chains for seed and plant material. IFDC implemented the agro-dealer development component of COMRAP in association with the Agricultural Market Development Trust (AGMARK). More...

EADN

Extending Agro-Dealer Networks (2008-2011)

EADN improved access to modern production technologies and yield-enhancing agricultural inputs such as fertilizers, improved seeds and crop protection products for smallholder farmers. The primary focus of the project was to strengthen the capacity of agro-input dealers and expand dealer networks to better serve farmers, particularly in rural areas. EADN was a market-oriented initiative emphasizing private sector development and investment in all segments of the agro-input value chain. More...

FAO Mozambique Voucher Program

(2009-2011)

In September 2009, IFDC received a grant from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to assist the Government of the Republic of Mozambique (GRM) in the implementation of a fertilizer/seed voucher pilot program. The program initially targeted 25,000 maize and rice farmers. Upon the request of FAO, IFDC implemented an additional voucher program in Mozambique from 2010 to 2011. More...

MADD

Mozambique Agro-Dealer Development (2009-2012)

MADD built on the achievements of the Agricultural Input Markets Strengthening (AIMS) project, which promoted private sector investment in agro-input technologies and improved farmers’ access to these technologies through competitive markets and stronger agro-dealer networks. Adding to these efforts, MADD strengthened and expanded agro-dealer networks in the Manica and Tete provinces of Mozambique. More...

MIM

Maize Intensification in Mozambique (2008-2012)

The MIM project demonstrated how farmers can increase on-farm productivity and maize yields through improved management and increased use of fertilizers, quality seed and crop protection products. Demonstrations were implemented through farmer-based organizations (FBOs) to show how incomes and livelihoods of smallholder farmers could be enhanced by improving their purchasing power and their access to input and output markets. More...

NEPAD-FAO Fertilizer Subsidy Study

(2011-2012)

The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) commissioned a study of fertilizer subsidy programs in eight African countries. The guiding hypothesis of the NEPAD/IFDC study was that there is a direct link between the design, characteristics and implementation modalities of a subsidy program and its performance. More...

RADD

Rwanda Agro-Dealer Development (2010-2013)

The RADD project addressed supply-side agro-input issues by building the capacity of Rwanda’s agro-dealers. RADD generated interest in sector development and supporting private investments in agro-input import and distribution. The project focused on agro-dealer network development in conjunction with the expansion of the Rwanda Fertilizer Association (RFA), the future foundation for the enhanced network. More...

SAADA

Strategic Alliance for Agricultural Development in Africa (2006-2010)

IFDC organized a strategic alliance of international non-governmental organizations to facilitate regional, national and multi-national agricultural intensification/agribusiness programs with an initial focus in West Africa – with project expansion into select countries of East and southern Africa. More...

SEW

Sustainable Energy Production Through Woodlots and Agroforestry (2009-2013)

SEW promoted sustainable energy production through reforestation and the development of wood fuel and charcoal value chains. Project staff members also worked to decrease competition for land use between the energy and agriculture sectors by increasing the efficiency of wood production, agricultural productivity and incomes. More...

STAR

Strengthening Trade at the Regional Level in Agricultural Inputs in Africa (2007-2010)

The STAR project promoted food security and agricultural growth through improved regional trade along East and southern Africa’s entire agricultural value chain. The project improved market access for agro-dealers and smallholder farmers, including better access to quality agro-inputs and advanced technologies along with improved market linkages, local and regional agricultural policy reforms and greater involvement of agricultural enterprises. More...

USAID Seeds for Development in South Sudan

(2011-2013)

USAID Seeds for Development worked to transform agriculture in South Sudan from subsistence farming to a market-oriented, competitive and profitable agricultural system. The project harnessed the entrepreneurial spirit of agro-dealers, seed companies, farmers, food processors and financial institutions to commercialize the agricultural value chain. A key methodology utilized was integrated seed sector development combined with the formation and maturation of specific agribusiness clusters. More...

Eurasia Division

Albania CEF

Albania Credit Enhancement Fund (2006-2011)

This technical program, funded with monetized proceeds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food for Progress Program, introduced technology and training to farmers in dairy and livestock operations, while increasing access to credit for agribusinesses. The program trained farmers, built linkages, facilitated the importation of improved cattle breeds, provided access to quality feed and introduced farmers to modern production and processing equipment. More...

Expansion of UDP Technology in Additional 80 Upazilas of Bangladesh

(2008-2011)

Based upon the success of a 2007-2008 project designed to increase rice yields in 80 upazilas (sub-districts), IFDC expanded its urea deep placement (UDP) technology transfer efforts to include an additional 80 upazilas. The project increased rice crop yields for 650,000 farmers, with more than 242,000 hectares under cultivation utilizing the UDP process. More...

ILSAFARM

Improved Livelihood for Sidr-Affected Rice Farmers (2008-2010)

The ILSAFARM project, sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the government of Bangladesh, helped restore rice farming to 280,000 families whose crops and lands were destroyed by Cyclone Sidr in 2007. At the center of efforts to maximize new crop yields, IFDC conducted ongoing trainings in urea deep placement, a proven technology to increase crop yields while reducing the amount of fertilizer previously required. More...

KAED II

Kyrgyz Agro-Input Enterprise Development II (2008-2010)

KAED II was an extension of the original KAED project (2001-2008). Its expanded scope included both southern and northern Kyrgyzstan and encouraged farmers to adopt agricultural intensification practices to increase food production, improve animal health and increase rural incomes. The project created sustainability at all levels, utilizing agribusiness and value chain members along with farmer and dealer associations. More...

Katalyst I

Market Development in the Fertilizer Sector of Bangladesh (2010-2011)

The Katalyst project targeted removal of constraints that impeded private sector participation in the fertilizer market. Creating a market environment and policy framework to enable private sector-led, systemic growth in the fertilizer sector was emphasized. Policy support to the Ministry of Agriculture contributed to progress in such key areas as expanded agro-dealer networks (to improve farmer access to fertilizers) and improved efficiency in import procurement procedures. More...

Katalyst II

Fertilizer Compost Licensing Project (2011-2012)

Swisscontact-Katalyst and IFDC acted as co-facilitators of the Katalyst Business Enabling Group to facilitate an investor-friendly organic fertilizer market through efficient licensing procedures. The project staff planned, designed and implemented interventions to: facilitate the Ministry of Agriculture’s (MoA’s) initiation of a policy review of organic fertilizer licensing; develop and present recommendations for a policy amendment; and lobby to incorporate recommendations in the policy. More...

KLDP

Kyrgyzstan Local Economic Development Project (2010-2013)

This project stimulated rapid, diversified and sustained agro-economic growth at the local level through advancements in Kyrgyzstan’s business and investment environment. KLDP increased municipal finance and capital investment and improved competitiveness of sectors with the most economic potential. These sectors were specifically agriculture and processing; KLDP implemented grants to 55 small and medium enterprise beneficiaries with cost-sharing investments. More...

USAID Productive Agriculture in Tajikistan

(2009-2013)

The USAID Productive Agriculture in Tajikistan project targeted strategic development of commercial non-cotton agriculture in Tajikistan. As a USAID Feed the Future initiative project, activities were linked with producers located in the 12 districts of western Khatlon Province. A value chain approach was used that worked from markets back to farmers and targeted commercial businesses critical to supporting the overall project goal of increasing farmers’ income opportunities. More...

North and West Africa Division

1000s+

From Thousands to Millions (2006-2010)

The 1000s+ project strived to improve the livelihoods of 1 million farm households, (involving 10 million people), through the up-scaling of IFDC’s Competitive Agricultural Systems and Enterprises (CASE) approach. The farmer-led initiative, based on agribusiness cluster formation, focused on integrated soil fertility management (ISFM), improving soil fertility through the combined use of mineral and organic fertilizers. More...

AAA-Bridge

Accelerating Agribusiness in Africa – Bridge (2011-2012)

AAA-Bridge was a bridge-funding project that continued the 1000s+ agribusiness development activities in West Africa and expanded these activities into East Africa in preparation for the large-scale, continent-wide 2SCALE project. A major AAA-Bridge activity was the establishment of market linkages with major agro-industries. More...

Africa Fertilizer Efficiency Program in Sub-Saharan Africa

(2009-2010)

This IFDC program was an agricultural intensification effort targeting peri-urban farmers with the potential to supply increased crop yields to nearby urban markets. These smallholder farmers, who have fields immediately adjoining urban areas, were trained by IFDC in new farming technologies and the use of high-quality agro-inputs, including fertilizer and high-yielding seed varieties. The project increased access to nutritional foods such as vegetables in these heavily populated areas. More...

Benin Non-Cotton

Improving the Access of Non-Cotton Agricultural Producers in Benin (2009-2013)

The Benin Non-Cotton project increased high-value crop productivity while increasing smallholder farmers’ incomes. The project focused on increasing farmers’ capacity to produce maize, pineapple and rice by providing access to quality agro-inputs, training in the proper use of the inputs and enhanced market linkages. In addition, lending institutions established guaranteed micro-financing programs. More...

Cassava+

Helping Farmers Produce Cassava for Profit (2009-ongoing)

Cassava+ improved the livelihoods of targeted smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa through cassava value chain development and sustainable intensification of agricultural production. Cassava+ was a public-private partnership (PPP) between the Dutch Agricultural Development & Trading Company (DADTCO) and IFDC. Cassava+ revolutionized cassava production, changing the tuber from a subsistence crop to a commercial crop for involved farmers. IFDC improved the capacities of these smallholder farmers to produce cassava by working with project-affiliated farm groups to facilitate cassava planting, harvesting and processing. More...

CDFO

MiDA Commercial Development of Farmer-Based Organizations (2008-2011)

CDFO was a component of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Compact’s Agriculture Project. The Compact reduced poverty in Ghana by raising farmers’ incomes through private sector-led agribusiness development. More...

CFC-KIT

Development of Sesame Production and Processing for Export from Mali (2011-2013)

CFC-KIT's goal was to reduce smallholder farmers’ poverty by strengthening their position in the sesame value chain and improving sesame production and processing. To achieve this, the project supported the establishment and development of sesame agribusiness clusters (ABCs) and value chains. In addition, the project included farmer field schools (FFS) that build or reinforce large numbers of farmers’ capacities in sesame production. More...

DERK II

Rural Economic Development of the Koulikoro Region/Développement Économique de la Région Koulikoro (2006-2011)

The DERK II project built the capacities of the oilseed value chains (jatropha, sesame, shea butter) in Mali’s agricultural sector focusing on the country’s Koulikoro region. To assist farmer organizations, DERK II provided training, access to agro-inputs and product processing, packaging, transportation and marketing. More...

F&SAD

Fertilizer and Sustainable Agricultural Development (2006-Ongoing)

The F&SAD project is improving access to agro-inputs and promoting their efficient use in the West African nations of Mali, Niger and Togo. Focusing on integrated soil fertility management (ISFM), the project provides agricultural intensification support. In addition, the project includes participatory development of technology packages and improved linkages between farmers and input and output markets. More...

FtM

Linking Farmers to Markets (2010-2013)

The FtM project’s primary goal was to ease the flow of produce from farm-gate to the market by linking smallholder farmers to commercial buyers and processors. The project formed alliances with partners to build the organizational management, productivity and entrepreneurial skills of smallholder farmers; trained small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in commercial buying and processing; and linked smallholder rice, maize, sorghum and soybean farmers with structural markets in northern Ghana. More...

GADD

Ghana Agro-Dealer Development Project (2008-2012)

GADD improved agricultural productivity by increasing the sale and use of fertilizer and improved seeds among 850,000 smallholder farmers across Ghana. The project addressed the challenges confronting access to improved agricultural technologies and practices, especially modern inputs such as improved seeds, mineral fertilizers and crop protection products in the food crop sector. More...

Mainstreaming Pro-Poor Fertilizer Access and Innovative Practices in West Africa

(2010-2013)

The project improved the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in West Africa by focusing on resource-poor farmers, farmer-based organizations and community associations. Utilizing a holistic integrated soil fertility management approach, the project improved depleted soils and land husbandry while increasing access to and efficient use of fertilizer. The project also focused on natural resources, improved technologies, competitive markets, private enterprise development and national policy advocacy. More...

MARKETS

Maximizing Agricultural Revenue and Key Enterprises in Targeted Sites (2005-2010)

The MARKETS project helped to transform segments of Nigerian subsistence agriculture into commercially competitive markets. IFDC’s role was to improve the agro-input supply system and increase the sale of improved seeds, fertilizers and crop protection products. IFDC also created networks of trained agro-dealers while developing input markets to create stronger value chains. More...

MCC

Millennium Challenge Compact Agricultural Project (2006-ongoing)

The goal of the MCC project, also known as the Ghana Compact, is to reduce poverty by raising farmers’ incomes through private sector-led agribusiness development. The project focuses on increasing the production of high-value cash and food staple crops in certain areas of Ghana and is charged with enhancing the competitiveness of Ghana’s export base in traditional agricultural crops. More...

MIR Plus

Marketing Inputs Regionally Plus (2009-2013)

MIR Plus improved policy and regulatory environments in the 15 nations of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). The MIR Plus project was a joint effort of ECOWAS and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA). Both share an ongoing mission to create a common market based on free movement of persons, goods, services and the establishment of common tariffs and trade policies. More...

NADS

Nigeria Agro-Dealer Support (2008-2011)

NADS provided credit and support to rural agro-dealers across Nigeria. IFDC worked with local partners to build agro-dealer capacity and strengthen technical and business knowledge. The project supported trade associations and assisted agro-dealers to access investment capital through risk-sharing. More...

NEPAD-FAO Fertilizer Subsidy Study

2011-2012

The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) commissioned a study of fertilizer subsidy programs in eight African countries. The guiding hypothesis of the NEPAD/IFDC study was that there is a direct link between the design, characteristics and implementation modalities of a subsidy program and its performance. More...

Prevention of Seed Cotton Contamination in West Africa

(2009-2012)

This three-year pilot project helped cotton traders, farmer-based organizations and farmers in Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire and Mali to significantly reduce high cotton contamination. Over the life of the project, 100,000 mt of seed cotton were affected. The project demonstrated that enhanced efforts to produce uncontaminated cotton lint are rewarded with higher world market prices and increased revenues for both cotton enterprises and smallholder farmers. More...

Rice Emergency Initiative

2009-2010

The Rice Emergency Initiative was a component of the Food Security and Crisis Mitigation Program. The program was created, in part, to boost rice production in Ghana, Mali, Nigeria and Senegal in order to mitigate potential shortages of this staple crop. The program targeted 10,000 rice farmers in each of the nations and sought to boost total domestic rice production by 30,000 metric tons of paddy rice. IFDC also improved access for the 40,000 farmers to certified rice seed and quality fertilizer. More...

SAADA

Strategic Alliance for Agricultural Development in Africa (2006-2010)

IFDC organized a strategic alliance of international non-governmental organizations to facilitate regional, national and multi-national agricultural intensification/agribusiness programs with an initial focus in West Africa – with project expansion into select countries of East and southern Africa. More...

USAID WACIP

USAID West Africa Cotton Improvement Program (2007-2013)

USAID WACIP boosted the productivity and profitability of the cotton sector in Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mali (known as the Cotton Four, or C-4) as well as Senegal. The program worked with farmers, researchers, agro-dealers, private enterprises, inter-professional associations and textile artisans. In addition, the program promoted advanced agricultural practices to improve farmers’ yields, build their capacities, support the ginning sector and provide greater access to foreign markets. More...