AFAP PRESS RELEASE -Promoting private sector investment in fertilizer trade to boost food securityClick here for more information.
PRESS RELEASE - Private sector in training initiative to improve access to fertilizers to boost food security and enterprise among smallholder farmers
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How a Small Volunteers Program is Doing Big Things to Change Farming Practices
Right now, on smallholder farms across Central Malawi, something revolutionary is unfolding and it is thanks to a volunteer – Dr Pieter Haumann – that the program hits the soil running.
Thirty recently trained extension workers, armed with their agronomy degrees and android phones, are dipping into the soil, scooping up samples, locking up their GPSes and shooting their soil analyses straight into the cloud. Meanwhile, in a lab
12 000 kilmometres away at New York’s Columbia University, researchers are using that data, through a new soil testing technology called SoilDoc, to map the soil landscape of a country that’s been relying on soil analyses that’s more than 30 years old.
- Dinnah Kapiza in her demo plot where she introduced Greenbelt fertilizers
The East and Southern Africa (ESAF) Trade Platform annual meeting attracted over 250 delegates and provided the perfect environment for business linkages and deals to be made. Read Dinnah Kapiza's story.Click here for more information.
- Mr Carlos Zandamela
It is essential for a fertilizer law to be enacted in Mozambique to improve access and use of fertilizer in the country, a recent meeting held in the country and organised by AFAP and IFPRI.Click here for more information.
- Jason Scarpone, President and CEO, AFAP (4th from left) and Dr Akin Adesina, President, AfDB (5th from left) with their respective delegations at the AfDB-AFAP meeting
African Development Bank (AfDB) President, Dr Akin Adesina has reaffirmed the Bank’s commitment to work with the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) in strengthening Africa’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the fertilizer value chain.Click here for more information.
- Speakers with the Minister
The Inaugral East and Southern African Fertilizer Trade Platform wrapped up proceedings on Taking Fertilizer to Scale on the 25th of September 2015 in Lusaka Zambia.Click here for more information.
Toyota Tsusho Fertilizers Africa Limited (TTFA) has called on AFAP to provide technical project management and market development skills that will bring to fruition a $3 million dollar fertilizer blending plant in western Kenya.Click here for more information.
More than one hundred rural agribusiness in the Limpopo Province of South Africa stand to benefit from the training of ten agro-dealers by AFAP, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, in partnership with the Limpopo Department of Agriculture.Click here for more information.
African governments need to urgently put policies and infrastructure in place to ensure increased fertilizer access and use in order to increase agricultural productivity in line with the ‘Abuja declaration on Fertilizer for the African Green Revolution’, a meeting convened organised by AFAP and IFPRI in Johannesburg recently agreed.Click here for more information.
Following the approval of the COMESA JOINT FERTILIZER PROCUREMENT INITIATIVE (JFPI) in September 2013, and subsequently endorsed by the council in February 2014 in Kinshasa-DRC, COMESA through its specialized agency, ACTESA, in collaboration with AFAP, commenced implementation of the fertilizer program.Click here for more information.
AFAP & FAO have committed their financial and technical resources to work in the Limpopo Province of South Africa to boost the province’s agricultural productivity through the implementation of the hub agro-dealer model in the province with plans to expand throughout the country.Click here for more information.
The African fertilizer Volunteers Program (AFVP) launched a video during the Argus FMB Africa Fertilizer 2015 in Addis Ababa. The video calls the private sector to join a volunteer program that will help strengthen the capacity of the African fertilizer value chain.Click here for more information.
Sakant Enterprise Limited, AFAP's agribusiness partner, open new fertilizer warehouse that will supply fertilizer to over 12 000 smallholder farmers in the Eastern Region of Ghana.Click here for more information.
The African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Instituto Superior Politecnico de Manica (ISPM) Soil laboratory to advance Mozambique’s soil and fertilizer testing capabilities. The MoU will enable ISPM to provide tailored fertilizer recommendations, according to soil type and crop, to farmers across the country.Click here for more information.
- Attendees had the opportunity to go to Omnia in Sasolburg Johannesburg
AFAP, together with the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) hosted more than 70 Fertilizer experts in Johannesburg, South Africa, for a training workshop on “Bringing Balanced Fertilizers to the Market: Opportunities and Constraints.”Click here for more information.
- Panl discussion
The African Fertilizer and Agirbusiness Partnership (AFAP) hosted a panel discussion during the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) on some of the oppotunities and constraints found along the fertilizer value chain.Click here for more information.
- Smallholders' Access to Fertilizer
The African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership and the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA), joined by six other industry partners launch a video animation aimed at highlighting the bottlenecks that constrain fertilizer use in Africa.Click here for more information.
AFAP, together with 20 industry partners, is extending its assistance to Cote d'Ivoire as part of a cocoa fertilizer initiative that pledges to create affordable and sustainable farm inputs for cocoa smallholder farmers.Click here for more information.
Fertilizer Value Chain – Supply System Management and Servicing Farmers’ Needs
Accra, GhanaClick here for more information.
April 14-18, 2014
AFAP, COMESA/ACTESA and ReNAPRI organized a technical convening in Johannesburg, South Africa, with the goal of developing technically sound and implementable fertilizer policy models, that can be taken into the regional sphere and result in more affordable and quality fertilizer for smallholder farmersClick here for more information.
- Sheila Keino, AFAP's Program Development Specialist, with Director of the International Fertilizer Industry Association’s (IFA) agriculture service
AFAP together with IFA launched the African Fertilizer Volunteer's Program in Morroco. The Program will enable skilled practitioners from fertilizer industries around the world to share knowledge and expertise building the African Fertilizer value chain.Click here for more information.
The African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA). The MOU will mark and officialise the cooperation between the two organisations in developing input markets in east and southern Africa, with a focal focus on fertilizerClick here for more information.
Eight years ago, African heads of state gathered in Nigeria to sign the now historic Abuja Declaration on Fertilizer Use for an African Green Revolution. Pledged in the declaration was the dedication of governments and heads of state to unite in order to increase fertilizer users and usage on the continent.Click here for more information.
AFAP's vice president, Richard Mkandawire, was featured on Top Brass, a MBCTV program that talks to high ranking officials in Africa, on the progress and state of Africa's development.Click here for more information.
AFAP has partnered with Dengo Commercial LDA of Mozambique, in a project to expand Dengo's fertilizer storage capacity from 30MT to 300MT.Click here for more information.
- Cecilia Khupe, AFAP's Programs Director with Alexandra Deprez at the Post Forum Briefing
Increased Fertilizer use was a trending topic at the first West Africa fertilizer Stakeholder's Forum hosted by the Economic Community of West Africa States under the theme "Ensuring a favorable Policy and Regulatory Enviroment for Fertilizer Trade and Use in West Africa.Click here for more information.
- Professor Mkandawire with the Malawi's Minister of Agriculture Dr. James Munthali
The African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership's Vice President, together with Richard Jones, Chief of the Scaling Seeds and Technology Partnership (SSTP) travelled to Malawi to brief the Malawian Presidency on SSTP, the first tangible investment in Malawi under the G8's New Alliance for Food Nutrition.Click here for more information.
- Members of AFAP and North Gate sign APC at AFAP Ghana head offices
The African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership has partnered with North Gate, a distributor in Brong Ahafo region of Ghana to boost fertilizer usage by estimated 11% in the 2013 farming season.Click here for more information.
- Sara with her family serving a customer
AFAP's latest APC recipient recalls conversations she had with her family around the dinner table, conversations that encouraged her to enter the agricultural sector and make much needed change.Click here for more information.
AFAP has entered into an Agribusiness Partnership Contract (APC) with Rosemary Haule, one of the biggest fertilizer distributors in Songea. AFAP will be directly working with more than 60 000 smallholder farmers who will directly benefit from this initiative.Click here for more information.
- AFAP Ghana country staff with 18th April Company Managing Director
AFAP continues to work towards increasing fertilizer users by partnering with agribusinesses who pledge to provide accessible fertilizer to smallholder farmers. 18th April Company in Ghana is the latest company to partner with AFAP.Click here for more information.
- The vice president and Managing Director of Sakant Enterprise Limited.
An AFAP delegation visited a recipient of the Agribusiness Partnership Contract. The recipient has vowed to increase his storage capacity and distribute mor than 100 000 bags of fertilizer to smallholder farmers in the region.Click here for more information.
AFAP members attended the Grow Africa Investment Forum in Cape Town on the 8- 9th May. The Forum brings together the private and public sectors to reach a goal of boosting the African Agricultural Landscape.Click here for more information.
- Sakant Enterprise Limited CEO signs the contract with AFAP
Sakant Enterprse Limited recieved signed an APC with AFAP in Ghana. The APC will allow Sakant Enterprise to increase their storage capacity, reach more farmers and ensure that more smallholder farmers in the Easter region of Ghana have access to affordable fertilizer.Click here for more information.
- The delegation in the field
A Limpopo delegation that went to Kenya to study the AFAP hub agro-dealer model is back, eager to implement the successful model in the Limpopo Province, South Africa.Click here for more information.
Pierre Brunache Jr, AFAP's Regional Director, West Africa. Interview with Rite 90.11 FM, Ghana. 29 April 2013Click here for more information.
- Pierre Brunache Jnr speaking to the youth at iLead
Pierre Brunache Jnr, AFAP's West Africa regional director, attended the iLead summit in Ghana last week. In his presentation, he reminded the students that it was up to them to steer the continent to greater heights. "Africa is yours, don't let anyone ever tell you otherwise."Click here for more information.
- Jason Scarpone and Sindiso Ngwenya sign MOU
In a bid to increase agricultural productivity and increase food security, AFAP signed an MOU with COMESA. Through this partnership, the organizations will be able to expand access to affordable inputs.Click here for more information.
- AFAP, AGMARK and Limpopo Department of Agriculture members
AFAP, together with AGMARK held a workshop on the 18th March 2013 in Polokwane, South Africa. The workshop was attended by members of the private and public sectors, together with farmers and agro-dealers.Click here for more information.
- Dinnah Kapiza, member of AFAP board
Dinnah Kapiza is the investment chairperson for the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership. After retiring as a teacher in 1997, she opened an agri-business with only MK2000 ($5.22). Today she owns four shops that cater to more than 6000 farmers in Mponela Malawi. Read her story.Click here for more information.
- Cecilia Khupe, AFAP's Programs Director
Cecilia Khupe, the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership's Programs Director, recently sat down with Farmer's Weekly. In the interview, she highlighted AFAP's goals and achievements thus far.Click here for more information.
- AGMARK and Hub Technical Assistance sign MOU
AFAP funded organization, AGMARK, signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the HUB Technical Assistance on the 19th of February. This agreement will allow both organizations to work together to implement the hub Agro-dealer model in MozambiqueClick here for more information.
- Francis Mensah stands in the new Ghana office.
AFAP's Ghana country office is now in full operation. The office recieved a warm welcome from the public and private sector's in the country and will work with the public and private sectors to in the country to invest in fertilizer markets.Click here for more information.
- Argus FMB Fertilizer conference and Exhibition 2013.
African fertilizer distributors will be at the forefront of conversations at the 2013 Argus FMB Fertilizer Conference and Exhibition in Dakar, Senegal. The conference will be held on the 13-15 March 2013.Click here for more information.
- Khalid Bomba, ATA's CEO at the launch of the new national fertilizer blending program.
AFAP recently worked with Ethiopia's ATA, in their bid to provide balanced fertilizer which is required to optimise plant growth and yeilds among small holder farmers by 2014.Click here for more information.
- AFAP delegate at a seed plant Machakos, Kenya.
AFAP and its partner AGMARK deployed an 11-member delegation of Mozambican agriculture experts to Kenya.Click here for more information.
- AFAP office in Maputo, Mozambique
The African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership has offically opened its office in Maputo, Mozambique. The office has been operational as of November 2012.Click here for more information.
AFAP President and CEO Jason Scarpone and Bankole Adeoye of the NEPAD Agency signed an agreement October 9 to join efforts to increase fertilizer affordability and accessibility for African smallholder farmers....Click here for more information.
H.E. Kofi A. Annan, chairman of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa and former secretary-general of the United Nations, presented Dr. Namanga Ngongi with the prestigious African Green Revolution Forum Lifetime Achievement Award.Click here for more information.
Nearly two hundred government officials, fertilizer industry executives and agriculture industry experts gathered for the official AFAP officially held September 26 at the African Green Revolution Forum in Tanzania.Click here for more information.