April 2020 Edition


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Dear Partners,

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten agricultural food production, we have partnered with the West Africa Fertilizer Association to provide you with up-to-date fertilizer information that you need to make the right business decisions in these challenging times. With support of the Economic Community of West African States; the West African Economic and Monetary Union; and the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel, we launched two weekly bulletins -- the West Africa Fertilizer Watch on April 10, 2020 and the East and Southern Africa Fertilizer Watch on April 23,2020, to provide weekly updates on the fertilizer value chain across diverse themes for our partners. We are committed to this cause, and will continue to update you, on a weekly basis, the needed information. Keep reading FertiNews for more information.

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Publication | AIRCA  ARTICLE

With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world faces more than just health crisis. We face also potential food crisis. A lot of focus is on the health dimension of the pandemic, but how are we building food systems for the post-COVI-19 world to cater for the world’s vulnerable populations?

The leadership of the seven member organizations of the Association of International Research and Development Centers for Agriculture have done a critical analysis of this in a co-authored article: “Build diverse food systems for post-COVID-19 world” Read More


Regional Fertilizer Retail Price April 2020




535 482 384 584   713 445
398           334
541   400        
398   278        
499 468 365 526   368 567
398           316

Legend: Commercial Market Prices (com) vs. Subsidized Prices (sub)
             All prices in US$/ton. More on our methodology.

BURKINA FASO: The fertilizer market has been slow, with no major transactions between farmers and agro-dealers, except for small volumes from vegetable crop farmers.  Read more

COTE D’IVOIRE: This is the dry season and farmers are currently preparing their fields in anticipation of the start of the rainy season in May-June. Read more 

GHANA:The 2020 Planting for Food and Jobs program has commenced and is expected to run until November 2020.The package for this year's subsidy program is offered only in 25kg branded bags. The Ghana Cocoa Board donated a total of 19,550 bags of Cocoa Aduane Fertilizers to Cocoa Farmers Cooperative Union in Daboase of the Wassa East District. Read more

MALI: The fertilizer market will likely remain less active until the opening of next agricultural season Read more

NIGERIA: The report for the month of April across the country shows that demand for fertilizer has dropped due to the lockdown, because of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. In some regions, sales of fertilizers are still ongoing especially in some parts of the north where the lockdown is yet to be implemented (as at the time of writing this report). Read more

SENEGAL: The intensity of trade in the fertilizer market has decreased. Sales have been slow and stock replenishment is becoming difficult due to travel restrictions from city to city for supplies. Read more



Legend: Commercial Market Prices (com) vs. Subsidized Prices (sub)
             All prices in USD$/ton

EAST AFRICA : The cropping season in East and Southern Africa occurs from November to April, so most fertilizers were already in-country and applied or well down the distribution channel before the impact of Covid 19 began.

KENYA:The Government subsidy program has ended, so Government is no longer purchasing fertilizer through the National Cereals and Produce Board, but the implementation of National Value Chain Program is in progress. Read more

RWANDA: Total lockdown is affecting the transportation of fertilizer due to the thorough checking at the entry points, although it is treated as an essential commodity. Read more

ETHIOPIA:There are adequate fertilizer stocks in-country, from carryover stocks and imports. Read more

UGANDA:There are adequate fertilizer stocks in-country, from carryover stocks and imports. Read more

BURUNDI:The Food Security and Nutrition Policy Subsidy program is ongoing, and there is adequate stock in the country. Read more

MOZAMBIQUE: There is adequate stock in the country, so no shortage is expected. Read more

TANZANIA: There is adequate stock in the country, so no shortage is expected. Read more

ZAMBIA: There is adequate stock in the country, so no shortage is expected. Read more

ZIMBABWE: There is adequate stock in the country, so no shortage is expected. Read more

      Average Urea Price per Country in April 2020


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Browse National Retail Prices on website 

Disclaimer: This section is published as an output of, in partnership with the Africa South of the Sahara Food Security Portal, facilitated by IFPRI. All opinion(s) stated herein are those of and are not necessarily representative of or endorsed by the Food Security Portal or IFPRI.  Click here for more information on sources and methodology used.


International Fertilizer Prices through March 2020



Product (US$/ton, FOB bulk)
Urea (granular, Middle East) 215 221 231 251
Urea (granular, Indonesia/Malaysia) 241 241 237 257
Ammonium Sulphate (China) 90 88 91 96
DAP (Baltic/Black Sea) 269 272 291 294
MAP (Morocco) 267 276 306 306
TSP (Tunisia) 293 293 281 260
MOP (Israel) 250 239 221 212
SOP (€, North West Europe)     438 432 429 425
NPK 15 15 15 ( (Baltic/Black Sea)     220 223 228 230

Source: Argus Media

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KENYA: (April 6, 2020) 
OCP enables Kenyan farmers to benefit from low-cost fertilizer. OCP Group, through its affiliate OCP Kenya, has partnered with the state-owned Kenya National Trading Corporation (KNTC) to provide small farmers with access to low-cost inputs.Read more

RWANDA: (April 7, 2020) 
Despite official claims that agriculture must continue even with restrictions in place to curb the COVID-19 spread, farmers have been facing difficulties.  Read more

NIGERIA : (April 9, 2020) - To cushion the impact of global recession, Africa Development Bank (AfDB) will defer private sector debt repayment for organisations in need of emergency liquidity facility through its $10 billion COVID-19 response facility. Read more

NIGERIA : (March 31, 2020) -  The Executive Secretary, Fertiliser Producers Society of Nigeria, Mr. Gideon Negedu, says Nigeria currently has 24 functioning fertiliser blending plants across the country. Read more

GHANA : (March 29, 2020) - Cocobod has donated a total of 19,550 bags of Cocoa Aduane Fertilizers for onward distribution to the Daboase Cocoa Farmers Cooperative Union(DCFCU).The District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr. Wilson Arthur received the Fertilizers on behalf of the farmers from the Western Regional Manager of Cocobod, at Daboase in the Western Region. Read more

Up-Coming Events

West Africa Fertilizer Forum
Date: Postponed from 26 May - 28 May 2020 to later date
Venue : Abuja, Nigeria
Conference Organized by Argus Media/WAFA

The event is organised in collaboration with the West African Fertilizer Association (WAFA) and brings together over 170 people from 30+ countries representing all the links in the fertilizer supply chain, as well as global producers, technology developers and investors. It is the only place to meet with all the key industry players and stakeholders involved in the fertilizer sector in West Africa. Read more 

New Ag International Conference and Exhibition
Date: Postponed from 6-8 April, 2020 to 28 September - 30 September 2020 
Venue : Marrakech, Morocco
Conference Organized by New Ag 

Due to the increasing travel restrictions from developments with COVID-19 and feedback from key stakeholders, New Ag International Africa has been postponed and will now take place on the 28-30 September. Read more 




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