About the AfricaFertilizer.org Initiative

What we do


AfricaFertilizer.org encourages and coordinates partnerships and data-sharing mechanisms that provide information in two primary 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 offers a combination of information and media channels and tools – from comprehensive websites and searchable online statistics to policies (with NEPAD), market news, product catalogs and business directories; it also now includes social media and mobile applications. It interacts with major international databases such as FAOSTAT and IFADATA, fertilizer intelligence agencies and several regional and national agro-input market information systems – reaching 10,000 agro-dealers and millions of farmers across Sub-Saharan Africa.


AfricaFertilizer.org’s 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 as CountrySTAT Fertilizer Technical Working Groups, onside technical trainings,  validation workshops to ensure the proper documentation and dissemination of robust fertilizer statistics at national and sub-national levels (including production, trade, consumption, use by crop, directories and products).

To date, the AfricaFertilizer.org Initiative is active in  18 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, selected according to the national fertilizer market size (production and/or consumption)

  • 6 high priority countries : Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and Tanzania
  • 12 medium priority countries: Burundi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Malawi, Zambia and Uganda in Eastern Africa; Burkina Faso, Mali, Benin, Niger, Togo and Senegal in West Africa
AfricaFertilizer.org Partners


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.

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 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. AfricaFertilizer.org collaborated with NEPAD to provide comprehensive online statistics and policies on agricultural development and food security.

More information on Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture of Africa Union and the NEPAD websites.

Argus Media

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.

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.

AfricaFertilizer.org Networks


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 software format includes data available in maps, tables and charts. The 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, and 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 data, information, intelligence and best practices, with the goal of strengthening the reliability and availability of quality data on fertilizers.

Since 2012, FTWG members meet every year during 2-day 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.

More information on Food Security Portal.




The newsletter is made of 6 main sections:

(1) a monthly summary of commercial and subsidized prices for key fertilizers in the region, supported by a brief analysis,

(2) a monthly summary of FOB prices and market comments, based on data received from Argus Media,

(3) highlight on a fertilizer company active in the region,

(4) highlight on a relevant publication or a report about fertilizer markets, policies, technologies, etc

(5) presentation of a video related to fertilizer use, good agricultural practices, or related matters and

(6) a selection of news and events relevant for the fertilizer sector in the region.

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