March 2020 Edition


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Dear Partners,

We trust that you are all doing well in this challenging time of the Coronavirus pandemic. We advise that we all observe the necessary protocols prescribed by the World Health Organization, national health officials, as well as Government ministries and agencies to protect ourselves. It is our hope and prayer that this pandemic which poses health, business, and development threat will be over as soon as possible. We hope to continue sharing useful fertilizer and related information with you, as usual.  It is our pleasure to share the March edition of your favorite FertiNews.

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Postponement of WAFF 2020

As a result of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and its related developments, including  travel restrictions/bans and the World Health Organization’s prescribed protocols, the West Africa Fertilizer Forum 2020, scheduled for May 26 – 28, 2020 in Abuja, Nigeria, has been postponed to a later date that will be communicated to all stakeholders in due time. Read more
Publication | 2020 FTWG Workshop Report

The Fertilizer Technical Working Group (FTWG) in Ghana has released its 2020 fertilizer validation workshop report which contains the 2019 validated fertilizer statistics and other relevant information for fertilizer sector stakeholders. Some key elements of the report include suggested solutions to address the challenges of Fertilizer Use by Crop in Ghana; fertilizer imports in Ghana between 2017 and 2019; the top fertilizers imported in Ghana in 2019; the 2019 fertilizer statistics summary table; and Development Gateway’s new Visualizing Insights on Fertilizer for African Agriculture dashboard for data visualization.

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Regional Fertilizer Retail Price March 2020




558 488 408   466 461 505
547   430        
528 489 385 530 465 354 545

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

BURKINA FASO: The fertilizer market remained slow in terms of sales volumes. The health threat created by the COVID-19 pandemic and the end of the coming dry season have really slowed down the fertilizer market.  Read more

COTE D’IVOIRE: The measures taken due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including announcing the closure of maritime borders (the preferred route for the transport of fertilizers), will lead to disruptions and delays in the supply of fertilizers, which has already been visible on the plant health market in the country in recent weeks. There are concerns about the start of the agricultural season in May, particularly for the cotton sector, such as disruptions in the supply of fertilizers to farmers, given the current circumstances. Read more 

GHANA:Prices of fertilizer products sold at the open market remain unchanged at the moment from the price table. However, the government, in consultation with the private sector, has decided that the Planting for Food and Job (PFJ) programme will sell all NPK fertilizers with the weight of 25kg at GHS42 to farmers, and Urea with the same weight at GHS40  Read more

MALI: The fertilizer market remained unchanged from the previous month. Small volumes of fertilizers are pulled by vegetable farmers who buy them in detail for unchanged prices. In most fertilizer storage and sales areas, marketing companies have limited their supplies and are awaiting the start of activities for the next crop year, for which stockpiling is expected to begin in May and June. Read more

NIGER: The month of March is marked by a low demand for fertilizers throughout the country. We note the persistence of the shortage of NPK 15 15 15 in almost all regions except Tillabéri and Niamey. Urea stocks are also depleted in almost four out of eight regions. The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted the country's fertilizer supply. Farmers in all regions continue to supply the market with onion, tomato, cabbage, potato, sweet potato, garlic, pepper, citrus fruits, etc.). Read more

NIGERIA: The much-anticipated fertilizer production under the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative program is expected to commence blending of fertilizer before the end of April 2020, because the last raw material needed for blending should have been distributed by then, provided the partial closure of some activities due to the Corona virus doesn’t escalate to a point of full closure of the roads from the ports. Read more

SENEGAL: The intensity of trade in the fertilizer market has decreased, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic, which is causing purchases to decline. With the restrictive measures taken, due to this pandemic, prohibiting sales at the market level after 4 pm, most dealers have seen their sales fall, especially in the central zone and in parts of Casamance. Nevertheless, trading volumes of fertilizers are slightly up in Saint-Louis with the preparation of the off-season campaign and in the Niayes band, especially for fertilizer formulations for vegetable farmers. Fertilizer prices are mostly stable, but they are marked by some marginal variations, both upward and downward, in some places. Read more



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

EAST AFRICA : Huge swarms of locusts are destroying crops and pasturelands in some East African countries. According to experts, the prolonged and exceptionally wet weather is causing hundreds of millions of the desert locusts to thrive. The situation remains extremely alarming specifically in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia where widespread breeding is in progress and new swarms are starting to form. This situation presents a potential threat to food security and livelihoods at the beginning of the upcoming cropping season.

KENYA:Following the COVID 19 pandemic, there is shortage in fertilizer supply in the country. Most of the countries producing fertilizers, including China, have stopped production and shipping of fertilizer products, causing shortages across the country.
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      Average Urea Price per Country in March 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 February 2020



Product (US$/ton, FOB bulk)
Urea (granular, Middle East) 218 215 221 231
Urea (granular, Indonesia/Malaysia) 245 241 241 237
Ammonium Sulphate (China) 97 90 88 91
DAP (Baltic/Black Sea) 279 269 272 291
MAP (Morocco) 286 267 276 306
TSP (Tunisia) 303 293 293 281
MOP (Israel) 257 250 239 221
SOP (€, North West Europe)     440 438 432 429
NPK 15 15 15 ( (Baltic/Black Sea)     229 220 223 228

Source: Argus Media


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GHANA: (March 30, 2020) 
The Government of Ghana and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture have announced exemption of agriculture input suppliers from COVID-19-related restrictions. Input suppliers can to continue distribution and sales of seeds, fertilizers, agrochemicals and farm implements to enable farmers to continue their operations. Read more

NIGERIA: (March 23, 2020) 
Alhaji Sabo Nanono, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, has allayed fears that the impact of the Coronavirus disease will lead to scarcity of fertiliser for farmers as the rains set in.Read more

MALAWI : (March 17, 2020) - A Malawian entrepreneur is harnessing the power of human urine as an organic fertilizer. His initiative has helped transform the lives of local farmers and is paving the way for more environmentally friendly agriculture. Read more

NIGERIA : (March 9, 2020) - The Federal Government has launched the National Fertilizer Quality Control Act 2019 as a vital component of the Agricultural Policy of the present Administration and the bid to repositioning of Nigeria economy from oil and gas to agribusiness. The Act will safeguard and protect the interest of the entire Fertilizer value chain players such as manufacturers, producers, blenders, importers, distributors and the end user farmers in Nigeria. Read more

NIGERIA : (March 6, 2020) 
World leader on the phosphate market, the Moroccan company OCP Africa has entered into an agreement with Nigerian agricultural institutions for 40 million naira ($109,439). Read more

CHAD : (March 5, 2020) -This announcement made last weekend by the President visiting Moundou, in the South, is a relief for cotton producers. The prices of the fertilizers they buy will be reduced by a quarter. In concrete terms, the Chadian government has agreed to give up more than three billion CFA francs each year for five years. 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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