The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has approved a project to provide 60,000 metric tons of fertilizer to 400,000 smallholder farmers in Uganda.
Under the Fertilizer Financing for Sustainable Agriculture Management project, the Africa Fertilizer Financing Mechanism will provide $2 million in partial trade credit guarantees and a grant of $877,842 grant to the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership.
Over a three-year duration, the project will support two wholesalers to sell fertilizer with a value of up to fifteen times the value of the $2 million partial trade credit guarantee. It will also link wholesalers to around twenty-five hub agro-dealers and 125 retail agro-dealers who will on-sell the fertilizer to farmers.
The credit facility will reduce the risks associated with suppliers lending fertilizers to wholesalers on credit. The project is expected to boost yields and will also provide training to 3.4% targeted farmers—40% of them women— on using improved seeds, balancing crop nutrition and best farming practices.
Marie Claire Kalihangabo, Africa Fertilizer Financing Mechanism Coordinator, said, “In Uganda, the fertilizer consumption is about 2.5 kg/ha. The project will help to make fertilizer more accessible and appropriately used by farmers, which would in turn boost agricultural productivity and help to improve food security in Uganda.”
The project will advance the Bank’s Feed Africa Strategy by increasing food productivity and security. It builds on the results of the Sustain Africa initiative, the Bank’s Country Strategy Paper for Uganda 2023–2026, and its Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation Programme. The project was approved on 22 September 2023.
In 2006, African leaders mandated the Africa Fertilizer Financing Mechanism to assist African Union Member States in increasing agricultural productivity. The Mechanism’s primary mission is to create an enabling environment for mobilizing the investments needed to achieve the target of 50 kilograms of fertilizer nutrients per hectare, as instructed by the 2006 Abuja Declaration on fertilizer for an African Green Revolution.