A transformed fertilizer market is needed in response to the food crisis in Africa

One clear message from my dozen meetings last week with African leaders who were in Washington for a summit with the U.S. government was that fertilizer prices are out of reach for most farmers, putting the crop cycle and rural stability at risk. Across 45 countries globally, 205 million people are in acute food insecurity, meaning they have so little access to food that their lives and livelihoods are in danger.  One key obstacle to food production in many developing countries is access to fertilizers, which enrich the soil with the nutrients needed for healthy crops. Sufficient primary raw materials – nitrogen, potash, phosphate, and natural gas – and fertilizer production facilities are essential to farmers across the developing world, but high fertilizer prices are blocking the 2023 and 2024 crop cycle.

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eC2: SL Fertilizer Market Study

Deadline: 13-Mar-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)ml-can-a-nation-build-its-future-if-it-cannot-feed-its-children-five-policy-actions-to-transform-crop-and-livestock-farming-in-mali-780x439

The Project background: Agriculture is the mainstay of Sierra Leone, accounting for 62.6% of GDP. Subsistence farming dominates the sector, where the use of fertilizer is limited due to cost, poor availability, and lack of knowledge of the increased yield benefits of correct application of fertilizer in agricultural practices. In Sierra Leone all fertilizer is imported, typically in relatively small quantities which increases cost and reduces availability at critical periods of the crop cycle. Farmers also lack the appropriate education and support which then limits their fertilizer usage.
IFC is looking to hire a firm to undertake a market study in Sierra Leone to better understand the fertilizer market and value chain and to develop a plan to strengthen the fertilizer supply chain which also supports the project development of Mangara Agribusiness Company (Mangara), a local company that is working to develop a bulk blending fertilizer plant in Sierra Leone.

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eC2:Assessment of Fertilizer Regulatory and Value Chain Environment in Myanmar

Deadline:  22-Mar-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)land-administration-page

WBG is seeking to hire a Firm to conduct a regulatory and value chain assessment of the fertilizers produced, imported and sold to farmers in Myanmar, which must include, but is not limited to: (a) assessment of the overall regulatory framework (registration, licensing, etc.); (b) sector profile of producers, importers, distributors, retailers and dealers; (c) product flow (to end users) through the value chain, at formal and informal entry points, to determine where the potential risks are regarding quality, manipulation and usage of fertilizer; and d) develop a capacity building program to fortify risk management systems (public and private sector) in fertilizer quality.
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