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ESAFA Conference Highlights: Africa needs to urgently raise fertilizer use to boost food security

Despite its vast arable, water resources and manpower, the African continent is largely food and nutritional insecure and a net food importer. It is also one of the regions of the world where agriculture productivity remains low. Africa needs to increase fertilizer use to boost food security by investing more in agriculture, a sector with greatest [...]

ESAFA Conference Highlights: Consortium planned to promote fertilizer recommendations in Africa

Crop yields in Africa remain low compared to elsewhere in the world because smallholder farmers are using less fertilizers, a critical input that can help raise productivity and soil fertility. Africa is challenged by generally poor soil fertility and land degradation, which affects more than 40 percent of its arable land. Cooperation between all actors in [...]

ESAFA Conference Highlights: How fertilizers converted a hotelier into a hub agro-dealer

Mercy Chatepa’s business is to keep smallholder farmers happy. “Happy farmers are productive farmers and my business supplies the right inputs that make farming productive and nothing makes a farmer happy than a good yield,” says Chatepa, who ran a successful restaurant in Machinga, on the southern part of Malawi and kept many customers fed. It [...]

ESAFA Conference Highlights: Effective policies for fertilizers trade in Africa

With a conducive policy environment, Africa can boost investment in the regional fertilizer trade to support farmers raise productivity and food security, fertilizer associations say. While a strategic input, fertilizers are largely inaccessible and unaffordable to many African smallholder farmers who are challenged by low yields and poor productivity. The absence of appropriate fertilizer policies is [...]

AFAP Vacancy Announcement: Director of Strategy and Communications

The African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) is recruiting a Director of Strategy and Communications (DSC) to assist with developing, communicating, executing, and sustaining AFAP’s strategic growth.   JOB DESCRIPTION DIRECTOR OF STRATEGY and COMMUNICATIONS Job Title:            Director of Strategy and Communications Reports to:         President/CEO Location:             Johannesburg, South Africa or Accra, Ghana Duration:             5 years [...]

An Interview with a Growing Agripreneur in Ghana

Like delicate plants that need tender care so is growing and sustaining an agriculture enterprise. Saani Abdulai (28) is learning that lesson fast as an agripreneur. He talks about how persistence is a business virtue that should be cultivated to fruiting by young people seeking a career in agriculture. Q: Who is Saani Abdulai? I am [...]

Ghana targets annual cocoa production of 1.5 mln metric tonnes in 4 years

ACCRA, July 11 (Xinhua) -- Ghana aims to achieve an annual cocoa production of 1.5 million metric tonnes within the next four years through reforms, the industry said Tuesday. Addressing the official opening of the West Africa Fertilizer and Agribusiness Conference, Chairman of Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) Hackman Owusu-Agyemang said necessary measures, including hi-tech agronomy practices, were [...]

Farmers won’t be affected by global price drop – COCOBOD

Hackman Owusu Agyeman, Board Chairman of COCOBOD The Chairman of the board of the Ghana COCOBOD, Hackman Owusu Agyeman has assured that producer prices of cocoa will be maintained for farmers for the next crop season. This comes in the wake of falling cocoa prices on the international market. The CEO of COCOBOD, Joseph [...]

Experts blame food shortage in Africa on soil nutrient depletion

Experts meeting here at the three-day West Africa Fertilizer and Agri-Business Conference which began here on Monday identified depletion of soil nutrients as one of the key challenges to food security on the African continent. Eugine Rurangwa, Land and Water Officer at the UN-Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) African Regional Office noted there is the need [...]