The African Fertilizer Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) is an independent non-profit organization created through a partnership of African development organizations. Launched in2012, AFAP builds on the work of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program(CAADP), which was flagged by the African Union in 2003 to be an integral part of Africa’s policy framework for agricultural transformation, food security, nutrition and economic growth.
Since its inception AFAP has evolved into a social enterprise and service provider to the private and public sectors on sustainable development projects and policies which offer market-driven business solutions in fertilizer and agribusiness for improved agriculture productivity. Therefore, AFAP works to facilitate private-sector input to fertilizer policy design and implementation in order to create a more enabling environment for fertilizer business.
aWhere’s Activities and Focus Areas
AFAP bolsters fertilizer markets, engaging the private sector in realizing the goals set by African leaders. We believe a united public and private sector can bolster the marketplace and encourage consistent and responsible fertilizer use. AFAP will continue to grow the inputs market through value chains in countries we operate in. Therefore, AFAP works to facilitate private-sector input to fertilizer policy design and implementation in order to create a more enabling environment for fertilizer business. AFAP has a policy unit which offers the following policy services: a) Support for public-private dialogs (PPDs) to promote inclusive policy-making and catalyze policy and regulatory reforms; b) Support to national fertilizer trade associations and agro dealer associations to better organize the private sector to participate effectively in the PPDs; c) Policy services to private companies on how to navigate policy and regulatory issues that affect their operations; d) Policy support to Government on how to create an enabling business environment and reduce the cost of regulatory compliance for the private sector.
Work Pursued in Partnership with IAM
In partnership with the IAM Activity, AFAP will oversee the establishment of a levy system by the public sector; together with online registration of products (registered CPPs, released seeds & fertilizers) and online agro-dealerships registration. These interventions will strengthen the capacity of selected central agencies (MAAIF department), and thus, leveling the playground for the efficient regulation and governance of the agricultural inputs to reduce the prevalence of counterfeits. These efforts will ultimately cascade down to the local governments to reinforce the surveillance mechanism on counterfeits, support evidence-based regulation of agricultural inputs trade, and most importantly, stimulate product traceability mechanisms in the inputs system.