The world's fastest growing market
The African continent has the lowest fertilizer consumption in the world. The situation is changing rapidly in some leading countries that are experiencing an economic and population growth that drives up food demand and production, yet in some regions like Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) much more needs to be done to address the problems of high soil mining, yield gaps, and high prevalence of hunger.
In 2012-2013, the SSA fertilizer market was estimated at 3.2 million tonnes (Mt) nutrients, of which N accounted for 1.8 Mt, P2O5 for 0.9 Mt and K2O 0.5Mt. This represents slightly less than 2% of the world total consumption
Nevertheless, the SSA region is the world fastest growing market- excluding South Africa, the SSA fertilizer demand expansion has averaged around 8% per year since 2008. In 2015, SSA (without South Africa) was estimated to account for half of Africa’s fertilizer consumption, and this share is expected to rise over time.
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IFA therefore supports projects that seek to improve the access to fertilizers in the countries where they are most needed. In order for these projects to be effective, they must rely on up-to-date and reliable data.
is a global initiative facilitating the exchange of information on soil fertility, fertilizers, and good agricultural practices in Africa. It is led by IFDC, in partnership with IFA.
By improving data quality, AfricaFertilizer.org supports the implementation of continental, regional, and national agricultural policies, to the benefit of the private sector, including smallholder farmers and agro dealers.
The African Fertilizer Outlook
IFA prepares for its members a Market Outlook for Africa.
Find the latest “African Fertilizer Outlook” here