Improving Regional Fertilizer Markets in West Africa
This report highlights how future agricultural growth will have to rely more on productivity gains through the adoption of improved technologies based on fertilizers, improved seeds, water harvesting, and better agronomic practices.
IFPRI, March 2012
Scarcity and Abundance of Land Resources: Competing Uses and the Shrinking Land Resource Base
This report highlights how the development of adequate infrastructure for both transport and communication helps farmers to access required inputs such as fertilizers as well as targeted production for local markets.
2011 Global Food Policy Report
This report highlights how âmore should be done to assure the availability of fertilizers in areas where additional fertilizer use is needed and appropriate to improve soil fertility.
Current World Fertilizer Trends and Outlook to 2015
This report presents the world nitrogen, phosphate and potassium fertilizer medium term supply and demand projections for the period 2011-2015. The FAO/Fertilizer Organizations Working Group met in FAO, Rome in June 2011 to review the prospects for fertilizer demand and supply, and made the forecasts.
The State of Food and Agriculture: Women in Agriculture
This report highlights how women farmers are less likely than men to use modern inputs such as improved seeds, fertilizers, pest control measures and mechanical tools and how male-headed households show much wider use of fertilizers than their female counterparts in all countries covered.
Rural Poverty Report
This report highlights how taking risks is a critical component of all strategies to escape poverty, which includes: investing in fertilizers in an area of uncertain rainfall, adopting a new seed variety, growing a crop for sale rather than for food self-sufficiency, starting up a microenterprise, and migrating to the city.
Raising Agricultural Productivity in Africa: Options for Action, and the Role of Subsidies
This policy brief highlights how subsidies can help overcome poor farmers inability to obtain credit or take risks, to allow farmers to learn about inputs, and to develop input supply to levels where scale economies are captured. They can also be justified on grounds of equity, to overcome soil degradation and improve soil quality in the case of fertiliser, and to stimulate production to reduce the cost of food.
Africa Progress Panel, September 2010
The Role of Fertilizer in Growing the World’s Food
This report highlights how the world will not be able to meet its food production goals without biotechnology and improved genetics, and without fertilizer.
How to Feed the World in 2050
This report highlights how fertilizer consumption was only 13 kg per ha in sub-Saharan Africa in 2002, compared to 73 kg in the Middle East and North Africa and 190 kg in East Asia and the Pacific.
World Bank, 2009
World Development Report 2008: Agriculture for Development
This report highlights how since the 1960s, rising cereal yields have been driven by widespread use of irrigation, improved crop varieties, and fertilizer and how higher fertilizer use accounted for at least 20 percent of the growth in developing-country agriculture (excluding dryland agriculture) over the past three decades.
World Bank, 2008
Africa’s Growing Soil Fertility Crisis: What Role for Fertilizer?
This report draws upon the material prepared for the 2006 World Bank Africa Fertilizer Assessment and summarizes the information on the approaches to enhancing fertilizer supply and use in Africa, and identifies some future steps.
World Bank, 2007
Fertilizer Use in African Agriculture
This report is intended to support better decision making by those interested in promoting fertilizer use as a way of stimulating economically efficient, environmentally friendly, pro-poor growth in agriculture.
World Bank, 2007
Agricultural Production and Soil Nutrient Mining in Africa
This report highlights how agricultural production in much of Africa is hampered by the predominance of fragile ecosystems, low inherited soil fertility, and low use of modern inputs such as mineral fertilizers and improved crop varieties. It also raises the point that with little access to fertilizers, the farmers are forced to bring less fertile soils on marginal land into production, at the expense of Africas wildlife and forests.