Crop: No crop specified
Geographic scope: Africa
Active Countries: Ghana, Mozambique, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Malawi.
Initiated in 2003
Through collaboration with the public and private sector, the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership invest in fertilizer markets in order for smallholder farmers to grow food and increase profit.
Members: Private sector (businesses), International and regional agencies (New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAS), Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), International Fertilizer Development Center (IFCD), Agricultural Market Development Trust (AGMARK) and Africa Fertilizer).
Low farm productivity, food insecurity.
AFAP is an independent non-profit created by a partnership between African development organisations building on the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP). The platform brings together the expertise and perseverance of the public and private sector, as well as industry and development interests, in order to increase agricultural output in Africa and reduce food insecurity, as well as supporting African smallholder farmers.
Intentions and aspiration
To promote less costly fertilizers in order to enable an increase in crop production and rural incomes.
The AFAP initiative aims to allow for public-private dialogue exchange as well as action to scale-up distribution of fertilizers and supply within the region. The platform’s mission is to provide quality, time-efficient, fertilizers by developing medium-scale fertilizer and agribusiness enterprises. The goal of the platform is to increase fertilizer users by 15%, and to distribute fertilizers by 500 APCs within the COMESA region.
Arrangements and capacitities
A board of trustees, whom obtain extensive experience regarding smallholder farmers, governs the platform. Other key members include; the President and CEO, Vice President, Director of Programme, AFAP Regional Directors, Director of Finance, West Africa Regional business Development manager, Programme Development Specialist and Executive Manager. Moreover, numerous conferences and meetings are held as well as press releases that enable for communication within the platform.
Activities and outputs
The platform provides Agribusiness Partnership Contracts (APCs) to smallholder farmers, as well as providing assistance that; ensures fertilizer distributors for retailer credit, financing assistance to importers or blenders in order to improve facilities, training or logistics support, help with warehouse at ports/ inland, and assistance with retail improvements (i.e. storage facilities and equipment).
Monitoring and evaluation