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1 IFDC Introduction to IFDC Presentedat Inaugural Meeting of the Association of Independent Research Centers for Agriculture (AIRCA) March 1, 2012 Rome, Italy

2 IFDC  Established during world food crisis of 1974  Suggested by U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger  U.S. President Jimmy Carter, by Executive Order, designated IFDC a public international organization in 1977  Initial purpose to help developing countries solve food-deficit problems by focusing on development of fertilizers and fertilizer practices to meet special needs of tropical and sub-tropical climates and soils  Evolved into multi-faceted center with broadened focus History

3 IFDC IFDC Around the World AlbaniaChadGuineaMadagascarRwandaTanzania BangladeshCôte d’IvoireGuinea-BissauMalawiSenegalTogo BeninDRCGuyanaMaliSierra LeoneUganda Burkina FasoEthiopiaKenyaMozambiqueSouth AfricaU.S.A. BurundiGambiaKyrgyzstanNigerSwazilandZambia Cape VerdeGhanaLiberiaNigeriaTajikistanZimbabwe

4 IFDC Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) and Best Agricultural Practices Fertilizer/Input Policy Support/Reform Agro-Input Dealer Networks/Input Market Development Value Chains, Agribusiness Cluster Approach Market Transparency/Information Systems (Inputs) Building and Strengthening Producer Organizations and Trade Associations Strategic Focal Areas – Africa

5 IFDC AfricaFertilizer.org  A global information portal on fertilizers in Africa, launched in March 2010  Endorsed by the Africa Forum in partnership with FAO, AGRA, IFA, NEPAD and IFDC  Compiles and makes publicly available fertilizer prices, statistics, directories, publications and market news  Supports: FAO CountrySTAT programs (fert statistics) NEPAD and CAADP efforts to monitor the implementation of the Abuja Declaration on Fertilizers IFDC and AGRA fertilizer development programs in more than 20 SSA countries  Website: “To feed our people, we must first feed our soil.”

6 IFDC Soil Fertility and Agriculture  Soil Fertility (SF) and fertilizers are critical to agricultural productivity  SF will become even more critical for food security, given magnitude of demand increase and role of Small Holder Farmers (SHFs) in highest demand regions  Priorities clear for evolution of future fertilizers to deliver SF where most needed – yield and micronutrient assurance for SHFs, better economic and environmental impact and more self-reliant sourcing

7 IFDC Soil Fertility and Agriculture  Soil Fertility (SF) and fertilizers are critical to agricultural productivity  SF will become even more critical for food security, given magnitude of demand increase and role of Small Holder Farmers (SHFs) in highest demand regions  Priorities clear for evolution of future fertilizers to deliver SF where most needed – yield and micronutrient assurance for SHFs, better economic and environmental impact and more self-reliant sourcing

8 IFDC Cereal Production and Fertilizer Use Efficiency

9 IFDC Micronutrients – Health and Yield Implications MT INDIA

10 IFDC Industry’s Technology Focus – Optimization Fertilizers, mostly developed by the Tennessee Valley Authority, USA, essentially unchanged since early 1980s

11 IFDC Soil Fertility and Agriculture  Soil Fertility (SF) and fertilizers are critical to agricultural productivity  SF will become even more critical for food security, given magnitude of demand increase and role of Small Holder Farmers (SHFs) in highest demand regions  Priorities clear for evolution of future fertilizers to deliver SF where most needed – yield and micronutrient assurance for SHFs, better economic and environmental impact and more self-reliant sourcing

12 IFDC Soil Fertility and Agriculture  Soil Fertility and fertilizers are critical to agricultural productivity  SF will become even more critical for food security, given magnitude of demand increase and role of Small Holder Farmers (SHFs) in highest demand regions  Priorities clear for evolution of future fertilizers to deliver SF where most needed – yield and micronutrient assurance for SHFs, better economic and environmental impact and more self-reliant sourcing

13 IFDC Fertilizer Technology Priorities Fail-safe Adaptive Eco- sensitive Economical New ‘intelligent’ fertilizers Higher, more assured yield at lower cost Smaller environmental footprint Improved human health Greater nutrient self-reliance Responsible, sustainable food security Improve NUE by 25-50% Reduce the risk of failed yields for SHFs Increase the convenience and accuracy of delivering secondary and micro nutrients Reduce sourcing costs, increase self-reliance with improvements or alternatives to current production processes Over the next decade: Focus on N & P in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa

14 IFDC  Managed under IFDC  Led by global Board of Advisors  Supported by Advisory Committees Virtual Fertilizer Research Center (VFRC)


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