2024 AFRICA FERTILIZER AND SOIL HEALTH SUMMIT

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The Africa Fertilizer and Soil Health (AFSH) Summit 2024, recently held in Nairobi, Kenya on 7th – 9th May 2024, was a landmark event.  The objective of the summit is to bring together all relevant stakeholders to highlight the crucial role of fertilizer and soil health in stimulating sustainable pro-poor productivity growth in African agriculture and to agree on an African Fertilizer and Soil Health Action Plan, as well as the Soils Initiative for Africa.

Some of the summit documents include

  1. AFRICA FERTILIZER AND SOIL HEALTH ACTION PLAN
  2. AFSH ACTION PLAN SUMMIT PRESENTATION
  3. AFSH SUMMIT DRAFT DECLARATION
  4. SOIL INITIATIVE FRAMEWORK FOR AFRICA
  5. SOIL INITIATIVE FOR AFRICA PPT AT AFSH SUMMIT
  6. THE NAIROBI JOINT DECLARATION-AFSH-FINAL

These deliverables are designed to steer new policies and investments, aiming to rebuild soil health, increase yield responses, and improve the profitability of fertilizers for African farmers. The broad endorsement from both public and private sector partners across the continent underscores a unified commitment to transforming Africa’s agricultural landscape.

ANAPRI’s Active Participation

The African Network of Agricultural Policy Research Institutes (ANAPRI) made notable contributions to the Summit, notably through a collaborative side event with the Alliance for African Partnership (AAP), Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP), and Michigan State University (MSU) through the Innovation Lab for Food Security, Policy Research, Capacity, and Influence (PRCI). This event focused on the crucial role of African research and training institutions in the domestication and implementation of the Fertilizer and Soil Health Action Plans.

In his keynote address, Prof. Thom Jayne highlighted a crucial point: “Africa remains the only region in the world whose major continental agricultural developmental initiatives are designed and implemented mainly by international organizations.” He emphasized the importance for African institutions to lead their development initiatives. During the panel discussion, there was a resounding emphasis on the necessity of collaboration and institutional strengthening over individual strengthening.

ANAPRI is committed to exploring various avenues and strategies to enhance our contribution to the domestication and implementation of the Fertilizer and Soil Health Action Plans across Africa.

You can download the keynote presentation here

Engagement at the ANAPRI Booth

ANAPRI’s exhibition booth at the Summit was a hub of activity, providing an opportunity to showcase our mission and extensive network, which spans 16 centers in 15 African countries. Attendees engaged with our resource materials, gaining insights into our initiatives and the impactful role ANAPRI plays in shaping agricultural policy and research across Africa.

You can download ANAPRI fact sheet here

Impactful Participation in Side Events

Our researchers and leadership also actively participated in various side events, contributing to discussions on sustainable fertilizer use, agricultural policy, and research initiatives. This engagement underscores ANAPRI’s commitment to fostering partnerships and driving sustainable agricultural development across the continent.

ANAPRI is dedicated to continuing these vital conversations and collaborations, ensuring that our contributions significantly enhance the domestication and implementation of the Fertilizer and Soil Health Action Plans across Africa.

Thanks to all who engaged with us at the Summit—we look forward to shaping the future of African agriculture together.

You can download some of the pictures taken at the summit here