ACTIVITIES REPORT 2022: COTE D'IVOIRE
Côte d'Ivoire, located in West Africa, has favorable geographical and climatic conditions for agriculture, making it a country with immense agricultural potential. Agriculture is the cornerstone of its economy, providing employment to the majority of its population and contributing significantly to GDP and export earnings. The country's soils are diverse, ranging from ferralitic to tropical ferruginous, and hydromorphic soils. However, these soils are facing continuous degradation due to unsustainable agricultural practices. Over the last century, Côte d'Ivoire's forest cover has drastically reduced, and efforts are being made to combat deforestation and restore forest ecosystems. Notably, the "Abidjan Initiative" was launched in 2021, focusing on sustainable soil management and forest ecosystem restoration. IFDC, with its mission to enhance soil health and agricultural productivity, is committed to supporting these initiatives. IFDC has been actively involved in various agricultural projects and partnerships in Côte d'Ivoire, focusing on improving agricultural input systems, promoting sustainable technologies for soil fertility management, and increasing agricultural productivity. Key programs include AfricaFertilizer (AFO), EnGRAIS, and 2SCALE, which aim to enhance fertilizer use, agricultural input supply systems, and inclusive agribusiness clusters. In 2022, IFDC successfully organized an Open House event, participated in the Festival des Sciences Agronomiques (FESA), and supported the agricultural engineering students at the Ecole Supérieure d'Agronomie (ESA). These activities exemplify IFDC's commitment to promoting sustainable agricultural practices, environmental preservation, and inclusive rural development in Côte d'Ivoire.
Soil degradation, Sustainable agriculture, Soil fertility, Agribusiness