On this page you can find information on the work of the Fertilizer Support Programme as well some of its major achievements to date.
What is the Fertilizer Support Programme?
NEPAD's Fertilizer Support Programme was created to improve the use of fertilizer across Africa. The Abuja Declaration on Fertilizers for an African Green Revolution called for a substantial increase in the use of fertilizer in Africa by 2015. The declaration outlines a set of concrete actions that, if implemented, will improve the accessibility, affordability and quality of fertilizers available to African farmers. The Fertilizer Support Programme works to support these objectives.
Aims of the programme
The Fertilizer Support Programme aims to affect policy and markets at country and regional levels to encourage the development of a sustainable market for fertilizer in Africa. The programme also works to improve access to fertilizer and provide incentives to farmers to make wider use of fertilizer.
What projects are being implemented under this programme?
- Fertilizer Policy Studies Programme - Fertilizer Policy Peer Review, Learning and Sharing Programme - Policy Training Programme - Monitoring and reporting on progress in the implementation of the Abuja Declaration on Fertilizers.
What progress has been made?
The fertilizer programme has made progress in a number of key areas including:
- The implementation of many of the resolutions within the Abuja Declaration on Fertilizer, including those that deal with the size of the fertilizer market, capacity building activities in the private sector, fertilizer subsidies, public-private partnerships, private sector fertilizer production and financing mechanisms; - An increase in the number of agro-dealers and the corresponding dealer networks; - An increase in the number of small-scale farmers using chemical fertilizers; - Some countries, such as Kenya and Tanzania, have introduced financing mechanisms to enable agro-dealers and farmers access to improved seeds, fertilizers and other inputs.