New partnership with sub-Saharan Africa extends inclusive 4R nutrient management approach to agricultural transformation
Fertilizer Canada, OCP Africa and the African Plant Nutrition Institute sign a Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate on improving food security and livelihoods using 4R Nutrient Stewardship
BENGUERIR, MOROCCO, September 5, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Fertilizer Canada, OCP Africa and African Plant Nutrition Institute (APNI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on agricultural development programs that target sub-Saharan rural farmers, especially women and youth. The planned interventions will see a marked improvement in the food security and livelihoods of smallholder farmers through joint programming, shared learning and resource mobilization.
This MOU is a collaborative agreement under the 4R Nutrient Stewardship project funded by Global Affairs Canada in Ethiopia, Ghana and Senegal and implemented by Fertilizer Canada, the Cooperative Development Foundation of Canada and the African Plant Nutrition Institute.
“Fertilizer Canada is pleased to partner with OCP Africa and APNI to facilitate knowledge transfer; and translating lessons learned from the 4R Nutrient Stewardship project in Ethiopia, Ghana and Senegal into other sub-Saharan African country contexts. This MOU reflects our shared commitment to improving food security, promoting climate-smart agriculture and supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals,” said Clyde Graham, Executive Vice President of Fertilizer Canada.
The 4R Nutrient Management Framework has demonstrated that the scientific and site-specific application of organic and commercial fertilizers from the right source at the right rate, at the right time and in the right place® has the potential to increase yields and incomes for small-scale farmers while improving environmental sustainability. Fertilizer Canada, OCP Africa and APNI have complementary objectives and goals to increase agricultural productivity and living standards in sub-Saharan African countries through cost-effective and environmentally sound land management and improvement in order to to increase the food production of smallholder farmers.
“Transforming African agriculture and improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers requires a partnership and inclusive approach. We are pleased to partner with Fertilizer Canada to design and implement high-impact initiatives to support smallholder farmers,” said Dr. Anouar Jamali, CEO of OCP AFRICA.
“APNI looks forward to extending this highly effective partnership to expand the development and delivery of science-based solutions to guide the appropriate source, rate, timing and locations of fertilizer application to build resilience and sustainability within diverse agricultural and food production systems across Africa. said Dr. Kaushik Majumdar, Chief Executive Officer.
Fertilizers Canada, OCP Africa and APNI are committed to working towards an agriculture that is broadly inclusive, innovative and resilient, and which also includes the participation, leadership and dynamism of young people and women.
Fertilizer Canada represents manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers of nitrogen, phosphate, potassium and sulfur fertilizers. The fertilizer industry plays a vital role in the Canadian economy, contributing $23 billion annually and creating over 76,000 jobs. The association is committed to supporting the fertilizer industry with innovative research and programs while advocating for sustainability, stewardship, safety and security through standards and codes of practice. Please visit fertilizercanada.ca/ www.4RSolution.org
Created in 2016, OCP Africa, a subsidiary of the OCP Group, aims to contribute to the development of integrated agricultural ecosystems in Africa. OCP Africa works hand in hand with farmers to help develop the agricultural potential of the African continent through solutions adapted to local conditions and soil and crop needs. In partnership with a network of partners, including governments, non-profit organizations and companies, OCP Africa is constantly working to put all the necessary conditions in place for the benefit of farmers. OCP Africa is present in many African countries (Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, Cameroon, Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Zambia, Benin, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso and Rwanda). It also contributes to securing the production of competitive fertilizers near large agricultural pools, to strengthening its logistics capacities and to developing new local distribution networks.
The African Plant Nutrition Institute (APNI), established in 2019, is a non-profit research and development organization headquartered in Benguerir, Morocco. APN’s mission is to improve plant nutrition for a resilient and food secure Africa. APNI develops fundamental and applied knowledge, know-how and methodologies. By working closely with strategic partners across Africa, APNI ensures that these advances are adapted to specific local conditions and cultures, and then adopted by farmers. A common goal for APNI’s initiatives is to build the capacity of farming families to protect them against internal and external market shocks, generate better incomes and improve food security and nutrition. Plant nutrition research remains at the heart of private and public sector investment in African farmers. APNI field offices are located in Settat, Morocco; Nairobi, Kenya; and Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast.
African Institute of Plant Nutrition