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. 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The Commission of The Africa Union
The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) is a technical body of the African Union. NEPAD’s focus is in providing unique opportunities for African countries to take full control of their development agenda, to work in close coordination together, and to effectively cooperate with international partners.
Through its agriculture and food security arm, NEPAD aims to ensure that smallholder farmers – the majority of Africans – have better access to markets, finance and technical support, in order to improve their income and get out of poverty. NEPAD works to achieve this by bringing together key players in agriculture – such African leaders, policy makers, scientists, partners and farmers – to unleash agricultural growth and sustainable development on the continent. Through NEPAD’s Fertilizer Support Programme, the organization aims to affect policy and markets at country and regional levels to encourage the development of a sustainable market for fertilizer in Africa. The program also aims to improve farmers’ wider access and appropriate usage of fertilizer for a more productive and sustainable agricultural sector. AFO collaborated with NEPAD to provide comprehensive online statistics and policies on agricultural development and food security.
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Argus is an independent media organisation with over 700 full time staff. It is headquartered in London and has offices in each of the world’s principal commodity centres. Its main activities comprise publishing market reports containing price assessments, market commentary and news, and business intelligence reports that analyse 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, emissions, 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.
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