January 2020 Edition


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Dear Partners,

We welcome you back from the holiday break and wish you a productive happy new year. We thank you for your continuous commitment to partner with us to develop a strong fertilizer value chain. As usual, we promise to provide the needed information to you this year and beyond. In our first edition of 2020, we have interesting and useful information for you. Please enjoy using FertiNews every time.

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February upcoming events

ActivityFertilizer Technical Working Group and  Visualizing Insights on Fertilizer for African Agriculture workshop. 
Date: Feb 24 - 28, 2020.
Location: Elmina

South Africa
ActivityArgus Africa Fertilizer conference
Date: Feb 19 - 21, 2020.
Location: Cape Town

ActivityIFDC international training: Linking Farmers to consumers
Date: Feb 19 - 21, 2020.
Location: Nairobi


Regional Fertilizer Retail Price January 2020



567 492 387   461 437 510
566   404        
526 493 365 531 468 362 551

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

BURKINA FASO: Demand for fertilizers increased slightly due to the introduction of crops from the dry season that has started for cereal and vegetable production. Farmers who have cash from the sale of the first harvests products were the ones buying fertilizers. In the shops monitored, agro-dealers carried out stock renewals to meet demand. Overall prices remained stable in all production areas.  Read more

COTE D’IVOIREThe fertilizer market is slowing down due to the dry season, both in the Northern and Southern zones. At this time, most agricultural production has reached maturity, so farmers are buying virtually no fertilizers, because they are harvesting. Agro-dealers have stopped sourcing and are keeping old stocks which they are releasing bit by bit for vegetable gardening. Prices are generally stable in all production areas. Read more 

GHANA: The farming season for 2020 will commence in March.The Ministry of Food and Agriculture commenced the process of selecting companies to participate in the 2020 Planting for Food and Jobs programme (PFJ). Offer letters to about 40 participating companies have been sent out and awaiting acceptance letters from these companies.  Read more

MALI: Like last month, the fertilizer market remained very quiet. The rare buying of fertilizers was mainly by vegetable crop farmers. As far as the evolution of prices is concerned,they remained stable. Read more

NIGER: 2020 begins in Niger with a drop in fertilizer prices resulting from a drop in demand for NPK 15 15 15 and Urea. For this month of January 2020, we observe the beginning of harvest of vegetables (onion, tomato, cabbage, potato, sweet potato, garlic, pepper, citrus fruits, etc.) in all regions and a downward trend in demand for fertilizers, leading to a drop of about 2.9% in Agadez and 14% in Dosso. But market prospects remain good for rice-growing areas (Tillabéri, Dosso and Niamey).  Read more

NIGERIA: There are reports that the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative has commenced distribution of raw materials to various blending plants in preparation for the blending of NPK fertilizers for the 2020 farming season Read more

SENEGAL: The fertilizer market remained dynamic in the Niayes area, especially for vegetable farming. In the Senegal River Valley, the level of DAP sales decreased due to the maturity of crops and the harvesting of rice. In the Groundnut Basin and Casamance, demand for fertilizers is still declining as these are mainly rainfed areas. Farmers are more oriented towards the groundnut crop which has been launched and is in full swing. Supply is also declining in these two areas because retailers have stopped making large orders. Read more


  529 580          

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

KENYA: The sales volume for the fertilizers has increased slightly in this month due to the rains that have been going on in the country. Wholesale prices have also gone up due to delays at the Mombasa port and the importers are passing the charges on to agrodealers who are also increasing the retail prices. Read more

MALAWI: The rains are still ongoing in the country. Some areas are even experiencing flash floods and some crops have been washed away. Urea is on high demand while NPK sales have dropped. This has led to increased price of Urea. Read more



      Average Urea Price per Country in January 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 December 2019



Product (US$/ton, FOB bulk)
Urea (granular, Middle East) 250 237 218 215
Urea (granular, Indonesia/Malaysia) 259 259 245 241
Ammonium Sulphate (China) 114 109 97 90
DAP (Baltic/Black Sea) 304 290 279 269
MAP (Morocco) 340 301 286 267
TSP (Tunisia) 313 313 303 293
MOP (Israel) 286 263 257 250
SOP (€, North West Europe)     454 460 440 438
NPK 15 15 15 ( (Baltic/Black Sea)     259 241 229 220

Source: Argus Media

Video of the month 

Dr. Mbene Dieye Faye, Program Manager for the Feed the Future Senegal Dundël Suuf Fertilizer Project, speaking to the media at a national workshop organized by the Government of Senegal, in partnership with Dundël Suuf, to review and validate draft regulations on fertilizer quality control for Senegal, in accordance with ECOWAS regulations.




Connect With Us


COTE D'IVOIRE : (January 28, 2020) 
The Africa Fertilizer Financing Mechanism’s Governing Council closed its eighth meeting with a call for increased investment to boost agricultural yields and build the industry across the continent. Read more

TANZANIA : (January 27, 2020) - The Petrobena East Africa has pledged to support government's efforts through timely delivery of YARA fertilizers as per indicative price in a bid  to attain middle income and industrial base economy by 2025.  Read more

SENEGAL : (December 30, 2019) - Establishment of the Association of Fertilizer Professionals of Senegal (APESEN). Heads of fertilizer companies in Senegal came together and formed a national fertilizer association, APESEN - Senegal. Moulaye Kande of SEDAP is the President and Abdoulaye Dièye of ICS INDORAMA is the Vice President. Read more

Up-Coming Events

Argus Africa Fertilizer Conference
Date: 19 February - 21 February 2020
Venue :
Cape Town, South Africa
Forum Organized by Argus

The 11th annual Argus Africa Fertilizer conference will take place from 19 - 21 February 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa. The conference brings together 400+ attendees representing 150 companies from across the fertilizer supply chain.
As the leading and biggest fertilizer conference in the region, this is the only place to find all the regional contacts and market insight you need to build your presence in the dynamic and growing fertilizer market in Africa.  Read more Register   


Inclusive Agribusiness: Linking Farmers to Consumers
Date: 24 February-28 February 2020
Venue : Nairobi, Kenya
Conference Organized by IFDC/2SCALE

The main objectives of this one-week training are to:

  • Discuss and learn the theory and principles behind entrepreneurial farmer to consumer linkages and draw on lessons and cases of 2SCALE and Market System Development partner organization;
  • Develop demand driven BoP consumer marketing & distribution business models based on the experience of two successful cases in Ethiopia and Kenya. Read more 



Inclusive Agribusiness: Linking Farmers to Consumers
Date: 16 March -20 March 2020
Venue : Bamako, Mali
Conference Organized by IFDC/2SCALE

The main objectives of this one-week training are to:

  • Discuss and learn the theory and principles behind entrepreneurial farmer to consumer linkages and draw on lessons and cases of 2SCALE and Market System Development partner organization;
  • Develop demand driven BoP consumer marketing & distribution business models based on the experience of two successful cases in Ethiopia and Kenya; Read more 

New Ag International Conference and Exhibition
Date: 6 April - 8 April 2020
Venue : Marrakech, Morocco
Conference Organized by New Ag 

The 18th New Ag International conference programme of international speakers will cover the following topics:
Speciality Plant Nutrition – water soluble and fertigation, foliar spray and micronutrients – new formulations and technologies Biostimulants and Biofertilizers – new technologies and commercial products...Read more 



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