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Fertilizer In Africa Moves Forward

The International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) made a great announcement in conjunction with the African Development Bank at the Financing for Development conference in Addis Ababa this week.

The Africa Fertilizer Financing Mechanism (AFFM) is being operationalization this year by the African Development Bank.  Charlotte Hebebrand, IFA’s Director General, congratulated the Bank and its  incoming President, Minister Akin Adesina, who “was one of the architects of the 2006 Abuja Fertilizer Summit, and understands so well the importance of sustainable input use for driving agricultural productivity.”

Hebebrand pledged financial support from the industry to the AFFM, which should be used to support access to finance to strengthen the “missing link of the African fertilizer supply chain:” the SMEs who can bridge the gap between fertilizer producers and farmers. Hebebrand spoke of IFA’s pledge as one of the fertilizer industry’s contributions to helping implement the Sustainable Development Goals.

Read the full press release here.

Robynne Anderson

Robynne has extensive experience in the agriculture and food sector, working throughout the value chain – from basic inputs to farmers in the field to the grocery store shelf. She works internationally in the sector, including speaking at the United Nations on agriculture and food issues, and representing the International Agri-Food Network at the UN.Throughout her career she has worked with farm organisations like the Prairie Oat Growers Association, the National Smallholder Farmers Association of Malawi and the Himalayan Farmers Association, as well as global groups, to further the voice of agriculture in the food debate. She has also worked with Fortune 500 companies growing worldwide businesses to assist them with issues management and strategy decisions.

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