BURKINA FASO – The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) has launched a US$1.46 million project aimed at improving access and use of fertilizers by small farmers in Burkina Faso.

The project is financed by the “Sustain Africa” initiative implemented by the African Fertilizer and Agroindustry Partnership (AFAP). 

Moussa Ouattara, the Minister of Agriculture chaired the launching ceremony held on Wednesday February 7, 2024, in Ouagadougou.

Through this project, the IFDC plans, by next May, to make 20,000 tonnes of fertilizer available to 100,000 small producers as well as 70 wholesalers and retailers in two phases.

The operation will be carried out in collaboration with partners in the Ministry of Agriculture, the Societe d’Economie et de l’Exportation (SAEI) and the Ministry of Agriculture.re de l’Agriculture, Société d’exploitation des phosphates du Burkina (SEPB), Association des grossistes détaillants des intrants agricoles au Burkina Faso (AGRODIA) and CIMA-BF.

In Burkina Faso, the fertilizer crisis is hampering farmers’ ability to meet their needs. Local production, although supported by fertilizer blending plants, is not sufficient to meet demand, leading to high import dependency and exposing the country to the vagaries of the international market.

In 2022, apparent fertilizer use in the country was estimated at more than 234,000 tonnes, according to data compiled on the Africa Fertilizer Watch platform.

According to Ouattara, through this project, IFDC is supporting the government’s effort. With this in mind, he invited distribution partners and farmers to give preference to fertilizer produced locally by SEPB in order to consolidate “local consumption”.

Speaking during the launch, Dr Bocar Diagana, Director of IFDC’s Impact Department said that the choice of small-scale producers is no accident. 

According to him, it is a very rapid intervention to supply fertilizer in a very limited timeframe, so that producers can be reached and make the first impacts.

It’s also part of a long-term initiative to provide much more sustainable solutions to the problem facing these farmers.

In addition to being affected by the drop in input prices, this target group represents a significant proportion of the mass of agricultural producers,” he explains. Fertilizers will be sold at reduced prices, taking into account production costs and the involvement of the various players.

According to the manager, the interventions will be carried out across 8 regions of the country including the Cascades, the Hauts-Bassins, the Boucle du Mouhoun, the Center-West, the South-West, the Center, the Center-South and the Plateau. -central.

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