Improving Regional Fertilizer Markets in West Africa

This report highlights how €œfuture 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.

View the full report

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.

View the full report

FAO, 2012

2011 Global Food Policy Report

This report highlights how “more should be done to assure the availability of fertilizers in areas where additional fertilizer use is needed and appropriate to improve soil fertility.

View the full report

IFPRI, 2012

Current World Fertilizer Trends and Outlook to 2015

This report €œpresents 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.€

View the full report

FAO, 2011

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 €œmale-headed households show much wider use of fertilizers than their female counterparts in all countries covered.€

View the full report

FAO, 2010-2011

Rural Poverty Report

This report highlights how €œtaking 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.€

View the full report

IFAD, 2011

Raising Agricultural Productivity in Africa: Options for Action, and the Role of Subsidies

This policy brief highlights how €œsubsidies 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.€

View the full policy brief

Africa Progress Panel, September 2010

The Role of Fertilizer in Growing the World’s Food

This report highlights how €œthe world will not be able to meet its food production goals without biotechnology and improved genetics, and without fertilizer.€

View the full report

IPNI, 2009

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.€

View the full report

World Bank, 2009

World Development Report 2008: Agriculture for Development

This report highlights how €œsince the 1960s, rising cereal yields have been driven by widespread use of irrigation, improved crop varieties, and fertilizer€ and how €œhigher fertilizer use accounted for at least 20 percent of the growth in developing-country agriculture (excluding dryland agriculture) over the past three decades.€

Read the full report

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 €œsummarizes the information on the approaches to enhancing fertilizer supply and use in Africa, and identifies some future steps.€

View the full report

World Bank, 2007

Fertilizer Use in African Agriculture

This report is intended to €œsupport better decision making by those interested in promoting fertilizer use as a way of stimulating economically efficient, environmentally friendly, pro-poor growth in agriculture.€

View the full report

World Bank, 2007

Agricultural Production and Soil Nutrient Mining in Africa

This report highlights how €œagricultural 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 €œwith little access to fertilizers, the farmers are forced to bring less fertile soils on marginal land into production, at the expense of Africa€™s wildlife and forests.€

View the full report

IFDC, 2006