MAKING FERTILIZER INFORMATION IN AFRICA AVAILABLE TO ALL
Since 2009, AfricaFertilizer.org encourages and coordinates partnerships and data-sharing mechanisms that provide information in two main areas:
1. Fertilizer statistics, such as production, trade, consumption, prices, production capacities and fertilizer use per crop.
2. Fertilizer market intelligence, including fertilizer policies and regulations, subsidy programs, business and product directories, publications and news.
AfricaFertilizer.org relies on and interacts with major international databases such as FAOSTAT, IFADATA, The World Bank, fertilizer intelligence agencies and several regional and national agro-input market information systems.
In Africa, AfricaFertilizer.org partners with several regional and national agricultural market information systems and bureaus of statistics. This allows us to reach tens of thousands of agro-dealers and millions of farmers across Sub-Saharan Africa.
OUR PRIORITY COUNTRIES
The AfricaFertilizer.org initiative supports all African countries, with a focus on the 39 Sub-Saharan African countries.Support to these priority countries includes technical assistance to national statistical counterparts, such as CountrySTAT Fertilizer Technical Working Groups (FTWG), on-site technical trainings, validation workshops to ensure the proper documentation and dissemination of reliable fertilizer statistics at national level.To date, AfricaFertilizer.org is active in 18 countries, including 6 focus countries (Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and Tanzania) and 12 other countries (Burundi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Malawi, Zambia and Uganda in Eastern Africa; Burkina Faso, Mali, Benin, Niger, Togo and Senegal in West Africa).
The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) is a public international organization addressing the critical issues of international food security, alleviation of global hunger and poverty, environmental protection and promotion of economic development and self-sufficiency.
IFDC empowers smallholder farmers in developing countries to increase their agricultural productivity, generate economic growth and practice environmental stewardship by enhancing their ability to manage mineral and organic fertilizers responsibly and participate profitably in input and output markets.
IFDC’s specialties range from sector studies and long-term planning to the design, implementation, and management of field projects in fertilizer production; development, evaluation, and use of indigenous agro-minerals; policy, market, and value chain development; and natural resource management.
Through collaborative partnerships, IFDC combines cutting-edge research and development with on-site training and education.
Since 1974, IFDC has assisted millions of farmers in developing countries and contributed to institutional capacity building in 150 countries through more than 700 formal training programs, primarily as part of long-term agricultural development projects.
More information on IFDC.
The International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) represents the global fertilizer industry, which provides the crop nutrients that allow farmers everywhere to meet the world’s growing food, feed, fiber and bioenergy needs in a sustainable manner.
IFA promotes the fertilizer industry through its research and outreach initiatives. The IFA Africa Forum is composed of IFA members with long-term interests in developing fertilizer use to improve soil fertility, agricultural production and human nutrition and alleviate poverty in Africa.
More information on IFA and the IFA Africa Forum .
The African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) is a non-profit that unites the expertise and dedication of the public and private sectors to create competitive and sustainable fertilizer markets for African smallholder farms.
Working in collaborative partnership with the public and private sectors, AFAP invests in fertilizer markets so African smallholder farmers can grow food and profits.
AFAP’s goals are to make fertilizer accessible and affordable for African smallholder farmers, to bolster capacity and incentive for fertilizer use and to foster responsible fertilizer use to increase crop yields and decrease food insecurity.
More information on AFAP.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is an international organization dedicated to addressing the global agricultural development challenges faced by its member nations.
The FAO works to eliminate hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition; to make agriculture, forestry and fisheries more sustainable and productive; to reduce rural poverty; to enable inclusive and efficient agricultural and food systems; and to increase the resilience of the millions of people whose livelihoods depend on the production, marketing and consumption of natural resources.
The FAO provides knowledge and information, and helps developing countries and countries in transition modernize and improve agriculture, forestry, and fisheries practices, ensuring good nutrition and food security for all.
More information on FAO and FAOSTAT websites .
The Commission of The Africa Union
The Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture’s mandate is to boost AU Member States’ rural economy development and agricultural productivity by supporting the adoption of measures, strategies, policies and programs on agriculture.
It works closely with the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and other partners. Key tasks include to develop programs ensuring food security; promote rural communities’ initiatives and transfer of technologies; coordinate efforts to eradicate poverty and combat desertification and drought; promote agricultural products by small-scale producers; support the harmonization of policies and strategies between the RECs; and initiate research on climate change, water and sanitation management.
The Department’s flagship program is the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP).
More information on Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture of Africa Union and the NEPAD websites.
Argus is an independent media organization with over 700 full time staff. It is headquartered in London and has offices in each of the world’s principal commodity centers. Its main activities comprise publishing market reports containing price assessments, market commentary and news, and business intelligence reports that analyze market and industry trends.
Argus is a leading provider of data on prices and fundamentals, news, analysis, consultancy services and conferences for the global crude, oil products, LPG, natural gas, electricity, coal, bioenergy, fertilizer, petrochemical, metals and transportation industries. Data provided by Argus are widely used for indexation of physical trade. Companies, governments and international agencies use Argus information for analysis and planning purposes.
More information on Argus Media and their Fertilizer Market Services .
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) provides research-based policy solutions to sustainably reduce poverty and end hunger and malnutrition in developing countries.
Established in 1975, IFPRI currently has more than 600 employees working over 50 countries. It is a research center of CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research), a worldwide partnership engaged in agricultural research for development.
More information on IFPRI.
One of FAO’s initiatives is CountrySTAT, a web-based information technology system for food and agriculture statistics at the national and subnational levels. CountrySTAT centralizes, harmonizes, integrates and validates data on food and agriculture coming from different sources.
Operated by the FAO’s Statistical Division and covering 37 Sub-Saharan African countries (57 countries in total), CountrySTAT draws its data from various sources and harmonizes it in line with international standards.
The open source system provides improved access to food and agriculture statistics to support data analysis, evidence-based decision making, and facilitates informed policymaking and monitoring.
The CountrySTAT system is owned by its member countries. CountrySTAT ensures the long-term sustainability of the system by continually developing the capacity of regional and national experts.
More information on CountrySTAT website.
The National Fertilizer Technical Working Groups
AfricaFertilizer.org collaborates with the FAO’s CountrySTAT in 18 countries to support the formation, the training and the technical work undertaken by 18 national Fertilizer Technical Working Groups (FTWGs). FTWGs are country networks of statisticians, customs officers, private importers and fertilizer experts who are trained and invited to share their data with the goal of strengthening the reliability and availability of quality data on fertilizers.
Since 2012, FTWG members meet at least once a year during Fertilizer Statistics Validation Workshops with the aim to harmonise and validate latest annual fertilizer data collected on a national level for the core fertilizer indicators (production, import, export, non-fertilizer use, apparent consumption, and real consumption).
The Food Security Portal
The Food Security Portal, facilitated by IFPRI, aims to provide improved food security for the world’s poor and increased resilience of global food systems against food and financial crises.
The project brings together international, regional, and country-level data, news, and research aimed at meeting countries’ immediate food security needs, as well as building long-term global food security.
The open-access project encompasses a global research-based monitoring and capacity-strengthening device for successful identification and implementation of the appropriate policy actions in response to food crises. The Food Security Portal is designed to pool information in structured ways and ensure data quality, timeliness, and relevance, as well as the opportunity for collaboration among policymakers, development professionals, and researchers.
Africa South of the Sahara Food Security Portal is funded by the European Commission.
More information on Food Security Portal .
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