World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Un-Aided Summit To Boost Fertilizer Use In Africa

Un-Aided Summit Aims To Boost Fertilizer Use In Africa

With two major multilateral African organizations having called for a summit to boost organic and inorganic fertilizer use on the continent, a five-day high-level meeting will start tomorrow in Nigeria, one of the co-sponsors, the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (<"">IFAD) said.

African soils lose the equivalent of over $4 billion worth of nutrients each year and a move toward reducing hunger on the continent must begin by remedying this severe depletion, IFAD said. No region in the world has boosted agricultural production without increasing fertilizer use, along with introducing improved irrigation and new seeds.

In parts of Asia and Latin America, where the Green Revolution boosted crop yields in the 1960s and 1970s, farmers now use an annual average of 140 kilograms of fertilizer per hectare of crops. In sub-Saharan Africa, farmers apply an average of 8 kilograms of fertilizer per hectare per year, according to IFAD.

The African Union (AU) and the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) called for the African Fertilizer Summit, which is being organized with the aid of the International Fertilizer Development Centre, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Department for International Development of the United Kingdom.

A background paper for the summit says: “Ideally, mineral fertilizers should be used together with organic fertilizers, which improve soil structure and the soil's water-holding capacity. Combined use may reduce the total cost of improving soil fertility.

IFAD said it is taking part in the summit to ensure that the needs of African small farmers, particularly the poorest, are taken into account when action plans are drawn up.

IFAD supports the use of smart subsidies for the African fertilizer sector in certain situations, to enable the poorest farmers to access fertilizers. The subsidies must be effectively targeted to ensure that they benefit the right people, avoid resource capture by powerful interests and stimulate, rather than undermine, private sector market development for fertilizers.”


© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Preliminary Results: MH17 Investigation Report

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) is convinced of having obtained irrefutable evidence to establish that on 17 July 2014, flight MH-17 was shot down by a BUK missile from the 9M38-series. According to the JIT there is also evidence identifying the launch location that involves an agricultural field near Pervomaiskyi which, at the time, was controlled by pro-Russian fighters. More>>


At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>



Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>


Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news