EnGRAIS-WAFA-AFO workshop in Cotonou: a major step forward for fertilizers in West Africa
A workshop to review and validate data on import procedures, logistics costs and fertilizer statistics for 2015-2020 in Benin, Niger and Togo opened yesterday, August 24 , in Cotonou and should end on Friday, August 27 .
It follows a study carried out in 2019 as part of the project " Stimulating Growth through Regional Agricultural Input Systems " ( EnGRAIS) in West Africa, in collaboration with the West African Fertilizer Association. (WAFA) and AfricaFertilizer.org (AFO).
The first phase of the study covered 6 countries in the region - Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Togo, Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire - and their main trade corridors including the four ports of Abidjan in Côte d'Ivoire, Tema in Ghana, Dakar in Senegal and Lomé in Togo. This was followed by the publication in August 2019 of a report on the “ Structure of logistics costs and fertilizer import procedures along 4 corridors in West Africa ” as well as 4 information sheets. on the ports studied. The second phase, which was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, covers other trade corridors serving Nigeria, Niger and Benin ( via the port of Cotonou).
On the other hand, EnGRAIS supports WAFA and AFO for the monitoring of statistics of production, trade and annual consumption of fertilizers in Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Nigeria and Côte d'Ivoire. These figures highlight that the volumes of fertilizer consumed in Benin, Niger and Togo have increased significantly in recent years and should be monitored to provide a more accurate picture of current fertilizer consumption in the sub-region. .
Within this framework, EnGRAIS undertook a series of studies on statistics, procedures and logistics costs of fertilizers in Benin, Togo and Niger. To this end, working sessions were held with the national structures in charge of agriculture, customs statistics, with companies importing fertilizers and those involved in logistics operations for fertilizers and port services.
Which brings us to the current workshop in Cotonou, which brings together about fifty participants from the public, private and civil society sectors from seven countries: Benin (17), Togo (10), Niger (15), Ivory Coast (3), Ghana (3), Kenya (1) and Nigeria (1).
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