The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) has pledged its unwavering commitment to the Ghanaian government in promoting the agricultural sector. During a working visit to the Minister of Food and Agriculture, Bryan Acheampong, IFDC’s new President and CEO, Henk van Duijn, affirmed the organization’s willingness to collaborate with the ministry and other stakeholders to deliver sustainable agricultural solutions.
IFDC’s goal is to introduce improved production technologies to smallholder farmers, promote soil health, boost food security, and increase the income of stakeholders in the agricultural value chain. The organization plans to use a bottom-up approach to increase agricultural productivity and minimize environmental impact.
Over the years, IFDC has contributed significantly to Ghana’s agricultural development by developing seed value chains and implementing urea deep placement technology. The organization has also partnered with several institutions, including the Plant Protection and Regulatory Services Division, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, and the Savannah Agriculture Research Institute to create innovative solutions and build capacity.
Minister Acheampong acknowledged IFDC’s immense contribution to the sector, and promised to work towards making agriculture more productive and responsive to the needs of the country. He added that the deepening partnership was crucial, especially in light of the government’s renewed focus on revitalizing the agricultural sector to meet the country’s consumption, export, and industrial demands.
For the most part, IFDC’s commitment to supporting Ghana’s agricultural sector is a significant boost towards achieving the country’s development goals. The organization’s focus on promoting sustainable agricultural practices, building capacity, and introducing innovative solutions will go a long way towards increasing productivity and transforming the sector. The government must work closely with IFDC and other stakeholders to ensure that their efforts yield the desired results, and the country can take full advantage of its agricultural potential.