IFDC Report, Volume 36, No. 1

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This report highlights the challenge faced by Kyrgyzstan in meeting its domestic demand for edible oil, as only 29 percent of the country's consumption is produced domestically. The rest is imported at higher prices, placing the burden on consumers. Although there is potential for increased sunflower oil production, the country lacks the necessary resources to meet demand. The report discusses the success of the U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) Kyrgyz Agro-Input Enterprise Development project, which aimed to expand oil crop acreage and productivity. Through a public-private partnership, the project facilitated planting of high-quality sunflower seeds on 250 hectares of land, resulting in significant yield improvements and economic returns. The report also highlights successful training programs conducted by IFDC in Nigeria, Thailand, and Vietnam and the early progress made by the Kyrgyzstan Agro-Input Enterprise Development Follow-On project. The report also discusses the effectiveness of voucher programs in Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Rwanda in improving fertilizer access and crop yields. It presents IFDC's efforts to combat counterfeit and adulterated agricultural inputs in Africa.
Public-Private Partnerships, Agricultural productivity, Integrated pest management