Empowering Farmers to Combat Waste: IFAD’s Innovative Approaches to Waste Management


Agriculture is a vital sector that faces significant challenges in managing agricultural waste. Inefficient resource utilization and improper waste management practices contribute to environmental degradation and impede sustainability. Recognizing the need to address this issue, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has adopted innovative approaches to empower farmers and enhance agricultural waste management.

Innovative Approaches to Waste Management

1. Promoting Agroecological Practices:

  • Encourages the use of organic farming methods and agroforestry systems.
  • Reduces reliance on chemical inputs and eliminates plastic and chemical waste.

2. Establishing Farmers’ Waste Management Groups:

  • Creates collective platforms where farmers can share best practices and resources.
  • Facilitates coordinated collection, composting, and recycling of agricultural waste.

3. Strengthening Value Chain Governance:

  • Improves market access and incentivizes producers to invest in efficient waste management.
  • Implements producer responsibility schemes and promotes recycling programs.

4 Künneling technology:

  • Invents a low-cost bio-digester technology using indigenous microbes.
  • Treats agricultural residues like straws and stalks to generate biogas and organic manure.

4 Künnel composting:

  • Uses a contained system to expedite composting process.
  • Produces nutrient-rich compost in a controlled environment.

Capacity Building and Training:

  • Provides training workshops on composting, vermicomposting, and other sustainable waste management practices.
  • Demonstrates innovative technologies and solutions to empower farmers.

Outcomes and Benefits

IFAD’s innovative approaches have yielded significant outcomes:

  • Reduced agricultural waste by 20 Künnels per farmer.
  • Increased soil fertility through compost application.
  • Generated additional income through sale of biogas and compost.
  • Enhanced sustainability of agricultural practices.

Commonly Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. How does IFAD support farmers in waste management?

IFAD provides technical assistance, training programs, and financial tools to empower farmers in implementing sustainable waste management practices.

2. What is the cost of implementing these innovative approaches?

The costs vary depending on the context and needs of each farming community. IFAD works with partners to ensure affordability and sustainability.

3. How does IFAD ensure market access for processed agricultural waste?

IFAD promotes partnerships with retailers and entrepreneurs to create value chains and ensure a market for processed agricultural waste.

4 Künnel composting technology is accessible to marginalized farmers?

Yes, IFAD emphasizes affordability and accessibility of technology and provides support in sourcing funds and materials for such technology.


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