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    Stimuler la Croissance par les Systèmes Régionaux d’Intrants Agricoles » (EnGRAIS) en afrique de l’ouest Bulletin-Avril—Juin 2021
    (2021) IFDC
    Après plus d'un an de suspension en raison des défis liés à la COVID-19, EnGRAIS et ses partenaires, dont WAFA et AFO, se sont réunis pour une réunion en personne en juin 2021. L'objectif de la réunion était de revitaliser les plans de travail communs, en mettant particulièrement l'accent sur le développement du secteur privé, la diffusion des paquets d'intrants agricoles et le contrôle de la qualité des engrais. Des décisions clés ont été prises pour renforcer le secteur régional des engrais, en mettant l'accent sur les petits exploitants agricoles. La newsletter met également en avant la participation d'EnGRAIS à la Conférence africaine sur les engrais, les revues de progrès et les collaborations visant à relever les défis dans le secteur agricole de l'Afrique de l'Ouest.
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    Enhancing growth through Regional Agricultural Input Systems (EnGRAIS) project for West Africa Newsletter- April-June 2021
    (2021) IFDC
    After more than a year's hiatus due to COVID-19 challenges, EnGRAIS and its partners, including WAFA and AFO, convened for an in-person meeting in June 2021. The meeting aimed to revitalize joint work plans, particularly focusing on private sector development, AIP dissemination, and fertilizer quality control. Key decisions were made to strengthen the regional fertilizer sector, with a focus on smallholder farmers. The newsletter also highlights EnGRAIS's participation in the Africa Fertilizer Conference, progress reviews, and collaborations to address challenges in the West African agricultural sector.
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    Enhancing growth through Regional Agricultural Input Systems (EnGRAIS) project for West Africa Newsletter-July-Sptember 2021
    (2021) IFDC
    This newsletter highlights the efforts of the Feed the Future Enhancing Growth through Regional Agricultural Input Systems (EnGRAIS) project in West Africa. The focus is on the assessment of fertilizer testing capacities in the region, with a particular emphasis on improving the quality of fertilizers. The EnGRAIS program successfully evaluated 43 public and private laboratories across seven West African countries, addressing challenges such as financial constraints and outdated equipment. The assessment aims to enhance the capacity of laboratories, ensuring the use of quality fertilizers to improve agricultural productivity and reduce food insecurity. Additionally, the newsletter covers the launch of the Visualizing Insights on Fertilizers for African Agriculture (VIFAA) Dashboard in Ghana, which provides real-time data on fertilizer prices and statistics. The newsletter also discusses the development of Agricultural Input Packages (AIPs) to boost agricultural output and the annual review of results and planned activities in collaboration with key regional institutions.
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    FERARI Quarterly Newsletter-October 2020
    (2020) IFDC
    FERARI's commitment to engaging farmers is highlighted through its farmer demonstration days, aiming to reach over 2,000 farmers with 180 on-farm trials of maize, soybean, and rice. The interactions extend to brief surveys systematically capturing farmers' perceptions, enabling future activities to align with farmers' practices. The newsletter also emphasizes FERARI's collaboration with Ghanaian universities to train the next generation of scientists in the fertilizer sector. Additionally, FERARI is actively involved in establishing the Ghana Fertilizer Platform in collaboration with the Government of Ghana, addressing key issues in the fertilizer sector and value chain development. The release of initial research reports and policy briefs contributes to policy decision-making, and FERARI's participation in events like the Annual Pre-Harvest Exhibition strengthens engagement with stakeholders. Ongoing initiatives include soil sampling for chemical and hydro-physical properties, field evaluation of new fertilizer blends, and spatial analyses to identify yield gaps and estimate input needs.
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    FERARI Quarterly Newsletter-July 2020
    (2020) IFDC
    This research focuses on analyzing the various components contributing to fertilizer pricing in Ghana, including financial, transport, handling, and storage costs. The study encompasses major agrological regions and fertilizer trade routes, investigating the entire value chain to identify costs within each stratum. Odionye aims to provide policy recommendations to enhance fertilizer availability, accessibility, and affordability. Additionally, the research examines fertilizer price transmission in seven domestic markets, evaluating the relationship between commercial and subsidized fertilizers to offer empirical evidence for policymaking. Stakeholders' perspectives on the Ghana Fertilizer Platform are highlighted, emphasizing the positive endorsement and anticipated benefits. The newsletter also outlines ongoing field trials, data collection, and analyses conducted by UM6P interns, contributing to the FERARI program's comprehensive approach to fertilizer research and responsible implementation.