IFA Donations Support International Development Efforts
Paris, France, 17 December 2014 – Implementing IFA’s commitment to work through strategic partnerships, the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) has recently pledged donations to three important organizations and causes, namely, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to support the Ebola response task force, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to support the International Year of Soils, and the Non-Governmental Organization One Acre Fund to support access to fertilizers for smallholder farmers in Africa. Together these donations amount to 145,000€.
IFA supports the fight against Ebola which continues to take many lives but has also caused terrible disruptions to the agricultural and food systems in the affected countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The donation was a logical step given IFA’s close collaboration with Dr. David Nabarro, who has served as Secretary General Ban Ki Moon’s Advisor on Food Security and the architect of the Zero Hunger campaign, and is now serving as the Senior United Nations System Senior Coordinator for the response to Ebola Virus Disease. Through its contribution, IFA hopes to bring some relief to the affected countries, with a view towards also strengthening their agri-food systems, on which this disease has wreaked such havoc.
The second donation was made to the FAO-based Global Soil Partnership (GSP) for the implementation of the 2015 International Year of Soils. IFA’s pledge aims at helping promote the importance of soils in the multilateral arena and beyond the scientific realm. Crop Nutrients – supplied together by organic fertilizers and mineral fertilizers - are vital to maintain and restore soil fertility. IFA will be active throughout next year supporting the cause of soils.
Finally, IFA’s commitment to enabling smallholder farmers to be commercially successful is also demonstrated by its support to the One Acre Fund. The NGO One Acre Fund has developed an innovative business model serving farmers in East Africa by providing bundled solutions of access to credit, inputs, extension services and access to markets. This market-based model has proved tremendously successful with smallholder farmers in Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda. Because IFA believes in the One Acre Fund vision and its potential to benefit farmers as the end-users of fertilizers, the industry association decided to commit funds to aid the NGO in expanding its work to other target countries in East Africa.
Through its financial contributions, IFA wishes to establish the fertilizer industry as a strategic partner for an array of stakeholders in the international development arena, particularly on issues of food and nutrition security and poverty alleviation.
The Global Soil Partnership (GSP) is an interactive, responsive and voluntary partnership, open to governments, regional organizations, institutions and other stakeholders at various levels hosted at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Maintaining healthy soils required for feeding the growing population of the world and meeting their needs for biomass (energy), fiber, fodder, and other products is one of the key guiding principles for the establishment of the Global Soil Partnership.
One Acre Fund is a nonprofit organization that supplies smallholder farmers in East Africa with asset-based financing and agriculture training services to reduce hunger and poverty. Using a market-based approach, One Acre Fund facilitates activities and transactions at various levels of the farming value chain, including seed sourcing and market support.
Ms. Morgane Danielou, Director - Communications & Public Affairs
International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA)
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