IFDC Report, Volume 36, No. 3
The publication provides an overview of three projects implemented by IFDC (International Fertilizer Development Center) in collaboration with various partners. The first project, the Accelerating Agriculture Productivity Improvement (AAPI) project, funded by USAID/Bangladesh, focuses on the diffusion of fertilizer deep placement (FDP) technology in Bangladesh and other rice-producing countries. Although the FDP technology has successfully increased rice yields and reduced fertilizer runoff, the labour-intensive nature of hand-placing fertilizer briquettes near the rice plants hinders its adoption. To address this constraint, the AAPI project is actively developing a mechanical applicator in collaboration with research institutes and universities. Another project is CATALIST (Catalyze Accelerated Agricultural Intensification for Social and Environmental Stability), which aims to enhance food security in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). With DRC heavily dependent on food imports despite having significant agricultural potential, the project organized a conference to address the critical food security situation in the country. Various stakeholders, including government officials, donors, and international organizations, attended the event to discuss themes related to food security, soil fertilization, agricultural value chains, and sustainable agriculture techniques. The conference aimed to raise awareness and promote the importance of agricultural development for improving food security in the DRC. Sustainable Energy Production through Woodlots and Agroforestry in the Albertine Rift (SEW) is another project that focuses on sustainable energy production and reforestation in the Albertine Rift region of Central Africa. By promoting private woodlots and agroforestry for energy production at the farm level, the project aims to preserve environmental and biodiversity hotspots, reduce soil erosion, and improve soil fertility management. SEW also introduces improved kilns for charcoal production, which are more efficient and environmentally friendly. The project aligns with the United Nations' International Year of Forests, 2011, and aims to increase forest cover by planting millions of tree seedlings.
Deep placement, Value chains, Public-Private Partnerships