Fertilizer Crisis: New Monitoring Tool Provides Mitigating Insights into Sub-Saharan Africa’s Fertilizer Sector

We are happy to announce an update to the Africa Fertilizer Watch. Covering 16-plus countries across sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), added indicators track the impact of the Russa-Ukraine crisis on the delivery and use of fertilizers to identify changes in productivity and food security across the continent. The Africa Fertilizer Watch supports efficient and effective responses to the evolving food and fertilizer crises and ensures that sufficient quantities of appropriate fertilizers reach farmers.

Currently, SSA has the lowest fertilizer usage in the world – insufficient to replace the soil nutrients lost every year to crop production. In addition, huge demographic shifts in SSA could have a major impact on food security. Understanding where and how barriers to fertilizer access and availability are affecting farmers is crucial for agricultural productivity.

The Africa Fertilizer Watch was developed through a partnership between IFDC’s AFO initiative and Development Gateway. It is jointly funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Resilience and Food Security, through the Feed the Future Soil Fertility Technology Adoption, Policy Reform, and Knowledge Management under the Sustainable Opportunities for Improving Livelihoods with Soils (SOILS) Consortium, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, through the Visualizing Insights on Fertilizer for African Agriculture (VIFAA) program. Other technical partners include the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) and AFRIQOM.

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