IFDC Annual Report 2014 - Page 12

In 2014, IFDC marked 40 years helping smallholder farmers achieve prosperity. Now, the time has come to reach forward. The final 2014 issue of IFDC Magazine focused on innovation, considering the question, “What will it take to prepare the world for global food security?” IFDC believes that following its strategic plan readies the organization for tackling the challenges of feeding the world in the future. According to the 2012-2015 Strategic Plan, IFDC’s two objectives are: 1) pioneer and catalyze improved plant nutrient performance by developing and disseminating new technologies and practices to smallholder farmers using a range of innovative delivery mechanisms; and 2) strengthen input and output markets for the benefit of smallholder farmers. To address these, IFDC intervenes in six specific areas. Below is a sample of activities from 2014 that represent our intervention areas. Develop More Efficient Fertilizer Products In 2014, IFDC continued to develop and disseminate more efficient fertilizer technologies. The FSI project in Myanmar encourages rice farmers to use UDP to boost rice yields by up to 25 percent. In Kenya, ARM Mavuno entered into a partnership with IFDC to make the same technology and training available to at least 10,000 smallholder farmers in the country. The engineering and pilot plant staff conducted research on the p