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Date:3/3/2010

ica self-sufficient in food production. The stakeholders include farm organizations, researchers, policymakers, extension specialists, the agro-input industry, the private sector, donors and funding agencies and the media.

According to IFDC President and Chief Executive Officer Amit H. Roy, “The concept of AfricaFertilizer.org grew out of the Africa Fertilizer Summit. Providing such information will help initiate and fuel the African Green Revolution that smallholder farmers so desperately need and deserve.”

The Africa Fertilizer Summit was convened by the African Union’s New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and implemented by IFDC. The Summit was held in Abuja, Nigeria, in June 2006. According to the Abuja Declaration on Fertilizer for an African Green Revolution, “Africa’s farmers face a variety of constraints including low productivity, limited access to new agricultural technologies and weak markets. Without adequate inputs, farmers often cannot meet the food needs of their own families, much less those of a rapidly growing population. To feed themselves and their countries, farmers will need to shift from low-yielding, extensive land practices to more intensive, higher-yielding practices, with increased use of improved seeds, fertilizers and irrigation.”

The Abuja Declaration continued, “A move toward reducing hunger on the continent must begin by addressing its severely depleted soils. Due to decades of soil nutrient mining, Africa’s soils have become the poorest in the world. It is estimated that the continent loses the equivalent of over $4 billion worth of soil nutrients per year, severely eroding its ability to feed itself. Yet farmers have neither access to nor can they afford the fertilizers needed to add life to their soils. And no region of the world has been able to expand agricultural growth rates, and thus tackle hunger, without increasing fertilizer use.&
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