Feed the Future Soil Fertility Technology (SFT) Adoption, Policy Reform and Knowledge Management Project Semi-Annual Performance Report April 1, 2018 – September 30, 2018

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This report summarizes the progress made toward achieving the objectives of a cooperative agreement between the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The agreement supports the Bureau for Food Security (BFS) objectives, particularly concerning the Feed the Future (FTF) initiative. The activities carried out under the agreement focus on enhancing the management of mineral and organic fertilizers by smallholder farmers in developing countries. The report also highlights the major activities conducted in two workstreams. Under Workstream 1, IFDC sets and validates technologies, approaches, and practices to address nutrient management issues and promote sustainable agricultural intensification. The activities include refining technologies to mitigate stress and improve nutrient use efficiency, conducting balanced plant nutrition research, assessing fertilizer quality, and enhancing soil dynamics models. Under Workstream 2, IFDC supports policy reforms and market development by conducting evidence-based policy analyses. The aim is to accelerate agricultural growth through improved technologies, particularly fertilizers. The activities include supporting the development and implementation of fertilizer and soil-related policies, conducting impact assessment studies on soil and fertilization technologies, and performing economic studies to inform decision-making and identify policy areas for interventions. The report also discusses cross-cutting issues, such as university partnerships and knowledge management, addressed through outreach activities and research outcomes and findings dissemination.
Soil fertility , Agricultural productivity, Sustainable agricultural intensification, Knowledge Management