According to the AGRA analysis, the organization's efforts to help rural agrodealers stock more fertilizers have enabled smallholder farmers to acquire an additional 180,000 tons of fertilizer. If used as part of a broader soil management program, that's enough fertilizer to help about 1.8 million farmers revive 3.5 million hectares of depleted land and triple the amount of cereals they produce. AGRA also is encouraging innovative approaches to fertilizer use by working, for example, with Burkina Faso's Institute of Environment and Agricultural Research (the Institut de l'Environnement et des Recherches Agricoles or INERA) to develop a new machine that applies fertilizer in "micro-doses," adding just a few pellets for each seed.
In addition, AGRA is supporting an innovative effort called the African Fertilizer Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP), which also includes the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), the African Development Bank (AfDB), and the Agricultural Market Development TrustAfrica (AGMARK). The goal is to develop new fertilizer production, storage and retail operations, with an initial focus on providing an additional 225,000 tons of fertilizer to farmers in three countriesGhana, Mozambique and Tanzaniaand to lower prices farmers pay by 15 p
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