The IFA Africa Forum
Striving for an African continent free from hunger and malnutrition thanks to fertile soils and adequate agricultural production.
This IFA regional body is composed of IFA members with a long-term interest in Africa and in developing fertilizer use to improve soil fertility, promoting agricultural production and human nutrition to alleviate poverty.
The Forum provides a platform to exchange views and expertise on key issues. It facilitates effective communication between the fertilizer industry and key African stakeholders. It expects to raise awareness on the positive role fertilizers can play in Africa’s development. Finally, it should contribute to increased fertilizer use by African farmers, in line with agronomic recommendations.
The Forum’s activities have both a pan-African and Sub-Saharan target. The Forum is open to all IFA members with activities in Africa and any member committed to developing the African fertilizer market in the long term. Non-industry organizations may be associated, but cannot be members. The Forum meets once or twice a year. On the long term, the IFA Africa Forum hopes that it will succeed in improving availability and diffusing knowledge about fertilizer use to African farmers, in line with agronomic recommendations.
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.
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.
In November 2017, IFA adopted its new Africa Strategy for 2018-2020. Some of IFA’s commitments are to look for opportunities to strengthen fertilizer demand forecasting capacity in the region; cooperating with soil testing and soil mapping projects that provide scientific knowledge needed for developing fertilizer recommendations adapted to local conditions; and raising the awareness of the whole African fertilizer value chain to security and safety issues.