International Fertilizer Development Center

A Ghanaian farmer examines cashew fruitLouis Stippel/USAIDKwesi Kumah inspects cashew fruit near Techiman, Ghana. African farmers, such as Kumah, grow about 40 percent of the world's cashews.

USAID supports the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) on a number of initiatives. IFDC is a public international organization that addresses critical issues such as international food security, the alleviation of global hunger and poverty, environmental protection, and the promotion of economic development and self-sufficiency.


IFDC focuses on increasing productivity across the agricultural value chain in developing countries, particularly through the creation and transfer of effective and environmentally sound crop nutrient technology and agribusiness expertise.


The Virtual Fertilizer Research Center, a global research initiative by IFDC, will ensure long-term sustainability of critical programs in global food security through research on the next generation of

fertilizer products and technology commercialization of efficient, environmentally sound plant nutrient fertilizers. This project will include the Feed the Future focus countries of Bangladesh, Ghana, and Tanzania.


As part of this initiative, USAID will:

  • Approve/grant fund research projects
  • File for patents or place new products in the public domain
  • Promote use of improved fertilizer products by smallholder farmers
  • Approve/grant fund commercialization projects
  • Train input dealers
  • Train farmers in technology adoption
  • Assist extension services to revise fertilizer recommendations
  • Raw material and manufacturing studies
  • Input policy consultations
  • Market assessment/program development


IFDC is governed by an international board of directors, with representation from developed and developing nations, and supported by bilateral and multilateral aid agencies, private foundations and national governments. The Center was established in 1974 in response to global food and energy crises. Since then, IFDC has provided assistance in nearly 100 countries.