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High-Level Roundtable on Fertilizers: Investing in the Future by Improving Soil Health

May 30-31, 2023
Lomé, Togo
High-Level Roundtable on Fertilizers: Investing in the Future by Improving Soil Health

Credit: Erick Kaglan, World Bank

Introductory presentation:

The situation of the fertilizer sector and introduction to the roadmap on fertilizer and soil health in West Africa and the Sahel

West Africa faces its worst food crisis in ten years, with more than 41 million people in acute food insecurity during this year’s lean season.

At a time of uncertainty and multiple crises, the future of agriculture, food security, and development in West Africa are closely interlinked. Lack of nutrients and of use of organic and mineral fertilizers has hampered soil health and agricultural productivity. The fertilizer sector is at the heart of both the problems and the solutions for economic transformation in the region.

Leaders and Ministers of agriculture and finance from the West Africa gathered in Lomé on May 30 and 31 for this high-level roundtable co-hosted by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Togo Presidency with support from the World Bank and the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), to agree on a common roadmap for advancing reforms and investments to make fertilizers more accessible and affordable across the region.

  • Policy Makers and Ministers of Agriculture and Finance from ECOWAS and Sahel Countries,
  • World Bank,
  • Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS),
  • West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU)
  • International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC)
  • Permanent Interstates Commission for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS)
  • West African Fertilizer Association (WAFA)
  • West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF)
  • Network of Farmers Associations and Agricultural Producers of West Africa (ROPPA)
  • International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
  • Banque d’investissement et de développement de la CEDEAO (BIDC)
  • Banque ouest africaine de développement (BOAD)
  • Agence des Etats-Unis pour le développement international (USAID) 
  • African Development Bank (AfDB)
  • Private Sector: Office Chérifien des Phosphates (OCP); Dangote Fertilizer; Indorama
  • Directorate-General for International Cooperation (DGIS)
  • Sustainably Growing Africa’s Foods systems (AGRA)
  • Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)
  • Regional Agency for Agriculture and Food (ARAA)
  • Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
  • World Food Programme (WFP)
  • International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)