WEST AFRICA FERTILIZER BUSINESS INFORMATION GUIDE

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2021-02-17
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The ECOWAS fertilizer policy stresses the need to stimulate regional fertilizer supply and demand. The USAID West Africa Fertilizer Program (USAID WAFP), implemented by the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) between 2012 and 2017, furthered this goal by empowering private sector businesses operating in the region by professionalizing and promoting sustainable fertilizer business development models. Since 2018, this support has been extended and expanded by the Feed the Future Enhancing Growth through Regional Agricultural Input Systems (EnGRAIS) for the West Africa project, also implemented by IFDC. To accomplish these objectives, the program, which covers all the 15 ECOWAS member states plus Chad and Mauritania, aims to achieve the following: Competitive, inclusive, private sector-led, regional fertilizer market strengthened; Comprehensive input packages developed and disseminated in cooperation with CORAF/WECARD; Fertilizer policy and regulatory systems across West Africa improved and harmonized following ECOWAS guidance; and Mobilizing commitment and harmonizing engagement from key stakeholders across West Africa supported by mission buy-ins. The West Africa Fertilizer Business Information Guide (WAFBIG) presents a regional and comprehensive overview of the fertilizer business environment in West Africa. It aims to furnish existing and prospective private sector players with the requisite fertilizer business and market information to guide and inform the industry’s decision-making. WAFBIG will be updated and published annually in close collaboration with the West Africa Fertilizer Association (WAFA) and AfricaFertilizer.org. In this new and enriched version of the former West Africa Fertilizer Business Information Map (WAFBIM), you will find the usual and updated country market overviews and statistics, maps, and profiles of fertilizer production and blending facilities, and regional fertilizer regulations, labeling and packaging standards applicable in West Africa. The report also contains additional information, including fertilizer logistical and cost information along key trade corridors, crop-specific fertilizer recommendations, agro-input packages suitable for the various West African agro-ecological zones, and a brand-new directory of accredited fertilizer quality control laboratories.
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Private sector, Fertilizer solutions, Quality control
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