COMESA and AFAP launch Joint Fertilizer Programme

COMESA and AFAP launch Joint Fertilizer Programme

COMESA and AFAP launch Joint Fertilizer Programme

KINSHASA, DRC, 13th November 2014

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The African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) have launched a joint fertilizer harmonisation programme that seeks to enhance COMESA members’ states to increase supply and use of fertilizer among smallholder farmers and catalysing agribusiness development for rural transformation.

Speaking at the launch of the Joint Fertilizer Harmonisation Programme, JASON SCARPONE, AFAP’s President and C.E.O. said the goal of the cooperation is to enhance regional trade in fertilizer and food staples, food security and incomes by strengthening small and medium enterprises that are essential for increasing competitiveness and integrating farmers into national, regional and international market to catalyse rural transformation.

AFAP and COMESA have committed themselves to working together in establishing a fertilizer trade facility comprising a set of financial instruments through investments in medium enterprises working along the fertilizer value chain. 

This partnership will also strengthen the Eastern and Southern Africa Fertilizer Stakeholders’ Forum as an avenue for sustained dialogue between the public and private sector in catalysing the growth of fertilizer markets in the region.  

Through the ESAF, AFAP and COMESA will jointly work on improving sustainable agricultural productivity through increased regional availability and use of low cost fertilizer thereby increasing fertilizer use by smallholder farmers to increase food security and reduce poverty and hunger.  

This will be a landmark achievement that will spur the CAADP agricultural growth agenda for COMESA member states. 

COMESA’s Secretary General, SINDISO NGWENYA said:  “Boosting private sector investment in fertilizer production, supply and use in the region is a major priority. The AFAP model in enhancing use and usage of fertiliser is a proven instrument for rural transformation.”

 For this collaboration to work, the Secretary General said there was need for COMESA through the Alliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa (ACTESA) to work with member states on the harmonisation of national policies, laws and regulations to enhance the flow of fertiliser trade in the region. 

“Fertilizer has been highly effective in increasing the quantity of food produced globally, it also holds enormous potential for improving human welfare by improving the quality of food for many Africans still living in Poverty,” said  Mr. SCARPONE. 

The AFAP President said the partnership with COMESA is based on the organisation’s membership of over 19 countries and its co-mandate on trade facilitation in the region and AFAP’s commitment to facilitating a regional fertilizer trade facility.

The partnership builds on the momentum created by the Abuja Declaration on Fertilizer signed by African Leaders in 2006, where they pledged to increase fertilizer use in the continent.  At the signing ceremony, both organizations agreed that the foundation of a strong fertilizer sector lies on harmonised standards and strong private and public sector partnerships and the fostering of business to business linkages.

This also builds on enhancing the goals of the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Programme’s (CAADP) agenda and Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on food security in Africa.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

The African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) is an independent non-profit organisation founded by a Partnership of African development organization. It works to establish more competitive and sustainable fertilizer markets in Africa and to contribute to an African Green Revolution.

AFAP unites the expertise and dedication of the public and private sectors to increase fertilizer affordability and accessibility for African smallholder farmers. Using an innovative partnership contract, AFAP joins industry and development interests to inspire productivity, food security and prosperity in Africa 

The Alliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa (ACTESA) is a specialized agency of COMESA whose mandate is to integrate smallholder farmers into national, regional and international markets.

 For more details contact: 

Professor Richard Mkandawire,

Vice President for Partnerships and Communication,

Africa Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) 

Dir:+27 (0)118847323

C:  +27(0)718664288

Email:rmkanawire@afap-partnership.org

www.afap-partnership.org

 

or 

Argent Chuula

Chief Executive Officer,

Alliance for  Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa (ACTESA),

Direct : +260 211 725 229-32

C. +260 9777 88853

E-mail : achuula@comesa.int

www.comesa.int

 

 

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