ReNAPRI strengthening Africa’s Fertilizer and Soil Health Agenda

A team of ReNAPRI experts together with the Secretariat, have been involved in supporting the African Union Commission (AUC) in preparing for the Africa Fertilizer and Soil Health Summit, which is expected to result in the Africa Fertilizer and Soil Health Action Plan. ReNAPRI was selected together with the Alliance for African Partnership (AAP) and the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) to develop a concept note and governance structure, to support the plans for the Summit. Other partners include the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA). 

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation together with USAID, will support ReNAPRI in its efforts to contribute to the organization of the Summit as well as design and implementation of the Africa Fertilizer and Soil Health Action Plan.

Speaking during the recent 8th Annual ReNAPRI Stakeholders Conference held from 17 to 19th November 2021, Dr. Godfrey Bahiigwa, Director for Agriculture and Rural Development at the AUC said that the “African Union Commission is currently preparing for the African Fertiliser and Soil Health Summit as a successor to the 2006 Abuja Summit of Fertiliser Development in Africa, which is expected to take place in 2023. Working closely with ReNAPRI and other key technical and financial partners, we expect to generate an African Fertilizer and Soil Health Action Plan. This plan will help the continent to build sustainable and resilient food systems, through the effective use of fertiliser and other related agricultural inputs, while ensuring good soil management.”

This is in line with ReNAPRI’s Strategic Plan 2021-2026 which seeks to increase its African partnerships and the visibility of ReNAPRI in the continent, and to promote the network as an African, owned and led, go-to think tank.