November 2017 Edition


Welcome to the November 2017 edition of FERTINEWS!
November was marked by a major event for the African agricultural industry, over 6,000 exhibitors, including IFDC, took part in the Agriculture and Animal Resources Fair (SARA 2017) held in Abidjan from the 17-26th November 2017. More than 200,000 visitors were registered at this international fair, which was aimed at promoting activities of the various actors in the agricultural industry. Our exhibition was a success and we thank everyone that visited our stand.
The National Investment Program 2 (PNIA2) was presented to the technical and financial partners at the fair. A video of the promotion of PNIA2 can be found in this edition.

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Regional Fertilizer Retail Price November 2017



606 555 472 572 451 483
428   262     300
    483   363  
513 539 405 500 428 579
428   216 397    
Legend: Commercial Market Prices (com) vs. Subsidized Prices (sub)
             All prices in USD$/ton

BURKINA FASO : The fertilizer market experienced a decline in transactions between agro dealers and farmers. Most farms have applied the last doses of fertilizer (Urea) for the season since September. Read more

CÔTE D’IVOIRE : Harvesting of cereal and cotton crops is expected to continue for the next two months in the Northern and Eastern regions. Whilst in the South, rains continue to fall and cocoa farmers were very active on their plots. Retailers have experienced increases in purchases of cocoa fertilizer. Read more 

GHANA : Ministry of Food and Agriculture intends to advertise expression of interest for the supply of fertilizers and seeds in November and December to invite interested companies to bid. Read more

MALI : The fertilizer market has been less active, as the main crop production season is almost over. Prices of fertilizers have remained stable while trade has been almost non-existent..Read more

NIGERIA : Harvesting activities are at its peak in the northern parts of Nigeria, but almost over in the South. As a result, fertilizer prices have fallen at factory gate. Read more

SENEGAL : There was a sharp drop in demand in most production areas. However, sales remained vibrant in market gardening areas (Niayes and the river valley). Read more


853   588 735   756  
624     623      
844   617 790 475 777  
647     515 472    
777 547 485 615 387 645 509
577     431 369   111

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

BURUNDI : Season A (September –January) activities were very intense. DAP was more preferred than others fertilizers for its use in the beans culture. The prices for Urea and DAP fertilizers were low because they were easily accessible in the market. Read more

KENYA : More fertilizer retail shops have re-stocked due to the ongoing planting season. Most shops recorded increased fertilizer sales especially DAP and compound fertilizers used for planting.Read more

MALAWI : The rains have started in some areas. Fertilizer demand was high since farmers wanted to buy fertilizers before suppliers raise fertilizer prices. Read more

RWANDA : Crops are at top dressing stage with increased sales of Urea all over the country. As usual, fertilizer prices didn't change because they are fixed by the ministry under subsidy program at Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB). Read more

TANZANIA : The bulk procurement system is now proceeding smoothly with the Government sending out indicative selling prices at all levels, farm gates and towns. Read more

UGANDA : There was a slight increase in fertilizer prices and continued sales compared to the same period in the previous year. This was mainly due to extension of the rainy season in some areas into the final quarter of 2017 which was unusual. Read more

ZAMBIA : In Central regions of Zambia, fertilizer sales increased because this is the area where tomatoes farming is high. They use both foliar and granular fertilizers. Read more


      Average Urea Price per Country in November 2017


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Disclaimer: This section is published as an output of (AFO), in partnership with the Africa south of the Sahara Food Security Portal, facilitated by IFPRI. All opinion(s) stated herein are those of AFO and are not necessarily representative of or endorsed by the Food Security Portal or IFPRI.


International Fertilizer Prices through Octobre 2017


Product (US$/ton, FOB bulk)
Urea (granular, Arab Gulf) 175 201 237 256
Urea (granular, Indonesia/Malaysia) 193 209 249 282
Ammonium Sulphate (China) 104 105 108 112
DAP (Baltic/Black Sea) 334 329 328 338
MAP (Morocco) 352 340 342 356
TSP (Tunisia) 283 283 301 283
MOP (Israel) 244 250 251 251
SOP (€, North West Europe) 435 435 434 428
NPK 16-16-16 (FSU) 260 260 266 270

Source: Argus Media

Ethiopia’s EABC closed a tender on 26 October to buy 550,000t of granular urea in 11 lots of 50,000t, for first quarter 2018 shipment. Three companies submitted valid offers. Only Samsung offered all 11 lots and it offered lowest for all 11. Togo’s NSCT issued a tender, closing 6 November, for 32,500t of NPK 12-20-18+ 5S + 1B and 10,500t of prilled urea. Nigeria’s Indorama committed its November availability, selling 30,000t cargoes to two traders. Senegal exported 48,000t of phosphoric acid in September. For DAP, Senegal exported 47,000t of DAP from January to September. Benin’s AIC issued a tender to buy 135,000t of NPK 14-18-18 + 6S + 1B or NPK 19-19-19 + 6S + 1B, 30,000t of NPK 13-17-17 + 6S + 0.5B + 1.5Zn and 40,000t of urea. Cote d’Ivoire imported 18,000t of DAP over the January-September period, according to GTIS data. This marked an increase of 10pc over the same period last year.  Read more

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Publication of the month 

2017 global hunger index: The inequalities of hunger  

The 2017 Global Hunger Index (GHI) shows long-term progress in reducing hunger in the world. The advances have been uneven, however, with millions of people still experiencing chronic hunger and many places suffering acute food crises and even famine. According to 2017 GHI scores, the level of hunger in the world has decreased by 27 percent from the 2000 level.
To capture the multidimensional nature of hunger, GHI scores are based on four component indicators—undernourishment, child wasting, child stunting, and child mortality.

Click on this link to download the publication


Company of the month 


For over fifty years, ETG has played a key role in Africa, opening trade routes and reinforcing supply chain infrastructure, as well as integrating the farming, processing, trading and marketing of agricultural commodities.
Since a considerable number of African farmers do not produce high yields because they cannot afford or gain access to the fertilizers or agrochemicals to meet their nutrient-depleted soil needs, ETG’s African farm gate presence enables to improve Africa’s soil productivity and to increase and control use of fertilizers. 
ETG (via his different fertilizer brands that include Falcon, Zamfert and Kynoch) currently supplies, amongst others, the following fertilizer products:
• Nitrogen fertilizer: Urea (prilled / granular), calcium ammonium nitrate (CAN), ammonium nitrate (AN), ammonium sulphate
• Phosphate fertilizer: Di-ammonium phosphate (DAP), single super phosphate (SSP), triple super phosphate (TSP), mono ammonium phosphate (MAP)
• Potash fertilizer: Muriate of potash (MOP), sulphate of potash
• Various grades of compound and blended NPK fertilizers on request

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Video of the month

This video was produced by the Ivorian broadcasting (RTI) during the SARA 2017 for the promotion of the PNIA 2. The actors of the agricultural world organized a round table for the mobilization of the resources for a structural transformation of the agricultural economy through the National Agricultural Investment Program. Ceremony which saw the presence of several members of the government. The investment for the program is 11.9 billion CFA francs, of which 7.5 will be provided by the private sector and 4.3 from the public sector. 2400 billion CFA francs are announced in the first part of the Pnia 2, of which 1000 billion CFA francs are expected from the private sector and 1400 billion CFA francs expected from the government and the technical and financial partners. The first phase covers the period 2018-2020 and the second phase from 2020 to 2025.



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NIGERIA: (November 1st 2017) - OCP AFRICA started the training of 10000 farmers in Kaduna as part of its school lab project.… Read more

RWANDA: (November 2nd 2017) - Research shown that new blended fertilizers composed of micro-nutrients of Sulphur, Zinc, Boron and Copper added to NPK have potential to increase average yields of rice from 5 tons per hectare to 7 tons per hectare… Read more

MOZAMBIQUE: (November 3rd 2017) - Yara International is considering building a factory plant worth $2billions.… Read more

TANZANIA: (November 8th 2017) - Ferrostaal Industries Project GmbH, Germany investor, submitted its application documents to Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC) for the construction of a mega fertilizer plant in Kilwa, Lindi Region. Making it the first in the country's history… Read more

ZIMBABWE: (November 13th 2017) - Government would allow corporates and individuals with access to free funds to import fertilizers and agro-chemicals as preparations for the 2017/18 agriculture season get underway… Read more

GHANA: (November 16th 2017) - Government has announced the establishment of the 'Akufo-Addo Programme for Economic Transformation' (AAPET) to accelerate investments in Agriculture, Strategic Infrastructure and Industrialization… Read more

COTE D'IVOIRE: (November 22nd 2017) - SARA 2017 hosted the national day of signing the PNIA 2 pact. The investment for the program will amount to 11.9 billion CFA francs, of which 7.5 will be provided by the private sector and 4.3 from the public sector… Read more


Up-Coming Events


4th Global Science Conference on Climate Smart Agriculture
Date: November 28 – 30 2017
Venue : Johannesburg, South Africa
International Conference Organized by NEPAD

The 4th Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture (The 4th GSC-CSA)" takes forward the initiative on research and science started in October 2010 with the aim to bring science to bear on practical advances in scaling up climate smart agriculture. Three scientific conferences have been held so far (University of Wageningen in 2011; University of California, Davis in 2013 and in Montpellier in 2015). Africa under the custodianship of the NEPAD Agency will host the 4th GSC-CSA. Click here to join

Developing Private Sector Agro-Input Markets – Designing and Implementing Targeted Subsidy Programs
Date: February 19 - 23 2018
Venue: Kampala, Uganda
International Training Organized by IFDC

IFDC is organizing a five-day training intended for key stakeholders involved in designing or implementing targeted agro-input subsidy interventions. The training program will showcase success stories from different countries and build on realistic examples through the use of case studies. It will include presentations and discussions on input subsidies – concepts and practices – from different contexts and various perspectives with a focus on fertilizer and seed subsidies. Click here to join

Argus Africa Fertilizer 2018
Date: February 26 - 28 2018
Venue: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
International Conference Organized by Argus

The 9th annual Argus Africa Fertilizer conference will take place 26-28 February 2018 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – the number one meeting place for the African fertilizer supply chain.  Over 520 participants from 63 countries of which 23 are African attended the 2017 event in Cape Town. At the annual Argus Africa Fertilizer event, you will join a cross-section of stakeholders including government leaders, finance providers, NGOs, regional distributors and global producers. Click here to join

Improving Fertilizer Quality for Highly Productive Agriculture and Balanced Nutrition
Date: March 19 - 23 2018
Venue: Arusha, Tanzania
International Training Organized by IFDC

IFDC is organizing a five-day training program, which will include formal instruction covering theoretical and practical aspects of fertilizer quality and hands-on practice of methodologies in commercial fertilizer warehouses. Interactive discussion involving the technical leaders and participants from diverse backgrounds (e.g., agricultural researchers, fertilizer manufacturers, agricultural producers, government officials, etc.) will be integral parts of the program to ensure that specific interests of the participants are covered.
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