West African Fertilizer Program (WAFP)

WAFP’s Goal:

Increase regional availability and use of appropriate and affordable fertilizers.

Life of Project:

2012-2017

Total USAID Funding:

20,000,000 USD

Geographic Scope:

Regional policies and regulations with country level activities in Ghana, Senegal, Mali and Liberia

Implementing Partner:

International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC)

Other Partners:

Africa Fertilizer Agribusiness Partnership,    ECOWAS

Program Description:

Fertilizer use in West Africa is far below the world average, leaving farmers without an important input that can significantly improve yields.  The USAID West Africa Fertilizer Program (WAFP), which began in 2012, aims to improve agriculture productivity by giving farmers better access to high quality, affordable fertilizers.  The program strengthens private sector capacity for supply and distribution, and provides technical assistance on integrated soil fertility management practices. WAFP also works with public officials to harmonize national fertilizer regulations and implement quality control programs to meet the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) regional standards. 

Program Components:

• Implementing the regional ECOWAS fertilizer regulations, technical assistance for harmonization and national level quality control to decrease adulterated fertilizer sales. 
• Establishing a private-public sector West Africa Fertilizer Stakeholder Forum and forming a private sector-led Trade Association.
• Providing business management and technical training to fertilizer importers, blenders and distributors for better linkages to market information and financing.
• Providing training to fertilizer agro-dealers and extension agents so they can better educate farmers about correct fertilizer use alongside integrated soil fertility management practices.
• Conducting fertilizer subsidy studies and facilitating consensus-based recommendations for subsidy efficiency and policy reform.

Expected Outcomes:

• Increased regulatory harmonization in ECOWAS member states, enabling more efficient trade and consistent quality control between countries.
• Yield increases of 65 percent through use of Integrated Soil Fertility Management and Fertilizer Deep Placement in target areas.
• Technical assistance to 1,600 agro-dealers so they can reach approximately 30,000 producers who will apply new technologies and management practices via demonstration to approximately 37,500 hectares.
• 10 percent increase in the volume of fertilizer sold in WAFP focus countries (Ghana, Liberia, Mali and Senegal).
• 2,200 fertilizer supply-chain actors (agro-dealers, importers, blenders, and wholesalers) receiving frequent fertilizer market information updates.
 

Last updated: April 04, 2014

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