Upcoming Research Seminar Hosted by IFDC – February 6th in Abuja

The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) Nigeria kindly asked us to share information about their seminar this Thursday. The seminar will feature the Executive Director of the Virtual Fertilizer Research Center (VFRC), Dr. Prem Bindraban. The Virtual Fertilizer Research Center's (VFRC) work is focused on finding innovative fertilizers and technologies to leapfrog the socio-economic and environmental problems facing many countries. Please join us Thursday to hear Dr. Bindraban discuss a new way to think about fertilizer. For the details and full abstract, see below.

Date: Thursday, February 6, 2014
Time: 2:00PM - 3:30 PM
Venue: IFDC/IFPRI Conference Room
No 6/Plot 1413 Ogbagi Street
off Oro-Ago Crescent
Cadastral Zone II, Garki
Abuja Nigeria
(Near old CBN building and behind Union Homes)

We apologize, but IFDC is unable provide transportation stipends to attend this event. 


According to FAO, about 1.2 billion people in developing countries lack enough food to maintain a healthy and productive lifestyle. This is more than the combined populations of North America and the European Union. No ‘new’ efficient fertilizer has been developed in the last 25 years that is affordable for use on food crops in developing countries. New technologies and improved practices need to be developed so that fertilizers become more affordable, efficient and environmentally friendly – while making nutrients available when crops need them most.
The VFRC was created because of the challenges smallholder farmers in developing regions face as they attempt to increase crop yields – often on soils that are nutrient-deficient. The vast majority of fertilizers were developed for temperate climates – not the tropical and sub-tropical climates of the developing regions. Fertilizers and fertilizer production technologies must be modified to work more efficiently in those climates. To enable smallholder farmers to intensify their agricultural production, new ‘smart’ fertilizers are required, as well as precision fertilization techniques with a regional prioritization. The seminar will highlight the work of th VFRC and present a new way to think about fertilizer.


Dr. Bindraban served as the director of ISRIC -World Soil Information at Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR) from 2009 until joining the Virtual Fertilizer Research Center (VFRC). He was also a lecturer at the University of Amsterdam and leader of international research at Agrosystems Research PRI at WUR from 2008 until joining the VFRC. Bindraban served as a professor in crop modeling at the University of São Paulo (Brazil) from 2008 to 2010 and head of the Natural Resources unit of WUR’s Plant Research International from 2000 to 2008. He also served as a researcher at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center from 1993 to 1996 and at the International Rice Research Institute in 1991.