Since 1974, IFDC has focused on increasing and sustaining food security and agricultural productivity in over 100 developing countries through the development and transfer of effective and environmentally sound crop nutrient technology and agribusiness expertise.The organization’s collaborative partnerships combine cutting-edge research and development with on-site training and education. IFDC has contributed to the development of institutional capacity building in 150 countries through more than 700 formal training programs, primarily as part of IFDC’s long-term agricultural development projects. Demonstration plots, farmer field schools and in-field trainings have assisted millions of farmers in developing countries.
IFDC is working to alleviate poverty in Nigeria. Our key projects in the country are 2SCALE, MARKETS II, NAIS, the Nigeria Fertilizer Voucher Program and USAID APEx.
2SCALE develops and supports agribusiness clusters that link farmers to buyers,
technical support providers, banks and other partners,
helping them to access profitable markets for their crops.
Increasing Food Security and Agricultural Sustainability
We provide solutions to alleviate global hunger and poverty through
the promotion of economic development and self-sufficiency.
The Nigeria Fertilizer Voucher Program (2009-ongoing) focuses on building up professional rural agro-dealers and enhancing Nigeria’s private sector fertilizer supply and distribution channels.Success in Taraba State; The program was implemented in Taraba state in 2012. As a result, nearly 40,000 farmers were able to obtain two 50-kilogram bags of discounted fertilizer from the private sector. More than 30,000 farmers have been given access to the program using their mobile phones. NFVPenables farmers to obtain quality agro-inputs in a timely manner using vouchers instead of cash.
Feed the Future Nigeria Agro-Inputs Project funded by Feed the Future/USAID (2014-2017), contributes to the United States Feed the Future objective of broadened and inclusive growth. Key focus areas include:
Increasing Agricultural Productivity
(Improving legal and regulatory framework on fertilizer
Improving access to finance.
The project partners with private, public sector and development partners in the maize, sorghum, rice, and cassava value chains in the following intervention states; Federal Capital Territory, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Kogi, Niger, Oyo and Sokoto.
ncreasing Agricultural Productivity
The Feed the Future Nigeria Agro-Inputs Project
is training 4,000 farmers to use improved seeds
environmentally friendly pesticides and crop and
site-specific fertilizer. The project seeks to
improve demand for quality inputs and associated
technologies in the intervention areas.
In addition, 1,300 agro-dealers will be trained on
improved technologies and management practices.
The project will also support to extend dealer networks
to rural areas accessible to women, youth and
other vulnerable groups and through platforms to
link trained agro-dealers to financing institutions
and end markets.
Improving Access to Finance
The project collaborates with both public and private financial institutions to identify and design attractive financial packages for rural agro-dealers in its various states of intervention. Through trainings, rural agro-dealers will be exposed to basic knowledge and tools that will enhance their capacity to access finances such as business credits and bank loans.
Promoting Fertilizer Deep Placement
IFDC’s MARKETS II project (2012-2017) is facilitating a public-private partnership (PPP) between Notore Chemical Industries Ltd. and Nigeria’s National Program for Food Security (NPFS) to promote the use of fertilizer deep placement (FDP) technology.
Strengthening the Fertilizer Sector
IFDC is continuing to build Nigeria’s fertilizer sector by:
• Improving targeted farmer access to agro-inputs
• Loaning urea briquette manufacturing machines to Notore
and training the company on how to use the machines
• Facilitating Notore distribution of briquettes via its supply channels to
agro-dealers located in rice-growing regions where the
project has FDP demonstration fields.