FAO Regional Office for Africa

Regional Multi-stakeholder Dialogue on Vulnerable Farmers’ Access to Fertilizers

Sharing good practices, innovations and viable options, and advocate for actions to ensure fertilizer access by vulnerable smallholder farmers in Africa

Mbabane, Eswatini, 4-6 October 2022

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Access to both inorganic and organic Fertilizers for vulnerable smallholder farmers is critical in ensuring stable food production levels that can contribute to the desired national and household food security outcomes in Africa.

The impact of the Ukraine-Russia conflict, overarched by the disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic, have exacerbated affordability and availability of fertilizers on the global market. According to FAO, fertilizer prices have continued rising into 2022. With this, vulnerable smallholder farming households on the African continent are already experiencing serious challenges in accessing fertilizers due to cost. Maize, rice, and soya production by smallholder farmers would be hard hit by fertilizer access challenges due to their heavy dependence on this critical input.

Despite the evolving global situation, there is still limited awareness and understanding of the likely short-term, medium term and long-term impact of the fertilizer access challenge on the food and nutrition security and livelihoods of vulnerable smallholder farming households on the continent.

The Regional Multi-stakeholder Dialogue will facilitate sharing of good practices, innovations and viable options, and advocate for actions to ensure vulnerable smallholder farmers access fertilizers including bio-fertilizers and other agro-inputs so as to safeguard their food and nutrition security under the existing global challenges.


What: Regional Multi-stakeholder Dialogue on vulnerable farmers’ access to fertilizers

When: 4 - 6 October 2022

Where: Mbabane, Eswatini

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Why: There is urgent need for increased awareness, dialogue, advocacy and the sharing of good practices to mitigate the fertilizer access challenge by vulnerable smallholder farming households under the evolving challenging environment. This initiative will look at the short to medium term mitigation perspective while providing a discussion base for any follow up longer term continental and global dialogue on the issue.


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