Accelerating Vegetable Productivity Improvement (AVPI) :Annual Report November 2017 – October 2018

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The Walmart Foundation entered into an agreement with the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) on August 23, 2016, for the "Accelerating Vegetable Productivity Improvement" (AVPI) project, spanning two years. The project, commencing in November 2016, aimed to empower low-income women horticulture farmers in Bangladesh by introducing advanced agricultural production technologies and enhancing market knowledge. Despite an initial oversight in the project duration, an amendment extended it until December 2018. AVPI sought to build on the successes of the 2013-15 Walmart Foundation-IFDC partnership, emphasizing fertilizer deep placement (FDP) and introducing new production technologies. The project focused on 10 districts, targeting 24 sub-districts and 47 village clusters, benefiting approximately 37,892 women farmers. AVPI prioritized local ownership and sustainable practices, partnering with private sector input dealers and collaborating with the Department of Agricultural Extension. The goals included consolidating previous gains, introducing new technologies, and improving market knowledge for women vegetable farmers. The project achieved significant milestones, covering diverse areas such as soil fertility mapping, technology demonstrations, regulatory framework enhancement, and COVID-19 impact assessments on the fertilizer sector in Senegal.
Agricultural productivity, Women farmers, COVID-19