Strengthening the Africa Fertilizer Financing Mechanism (AFFM) to address Food Security and Poverty Reduction in Africa

Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Room: Casino, Salle Ivoire I
Time: 8 a.m. – 9:30 am


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  • Hon. Dr. Agnes KALIBATA, StateMinister for Agriculture and Animal Resources, Kigali, Rwanda
  • Mrs. Rhoda Peace TUMUSIIME, Commissioner, Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union Commission, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 
  • Dr. Namanga NGONGI, President, Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Dr. Kamal ELKHESHEN, Vice President, Sector Operations, AfDB

Many parts of Africa suffer from insufficient food security. Decreased food production per capita in Africa has led to malnutrition, poverty and hunger. NEPAD’s goal for Africa is to achieve a 6% annual agricultural growth rate by 2015. Average levels of fertilizer use in Africa are 1/10th of the world  average and make NEPAD’s goal unattainable. Fertilizer is an essential factor in boosting agricultural  productivity. The African Heads of State Summit held in Abuja, Nigeria in June 2006, resolved to  establish the AFFM. AFFM’s goal is to contribute to increasing fertilizer use fromits current level of about 10 to 50 kg/ha by 2015. The Heads of State Summit mandated the African Development Bank to establish the AFFM, in collaboration with the AU and UNECA and to host it. Since March 2007 AFFM Secretariat is hosted and supported by the Bank. Failure of RMCs and other donors to honor their  pledges, AFFM is yet to become effective.

The proposed round-table will hope to bring together Ministers of Finance, Agriculture and Food  Security, RECs, international development partners, Farmers’ organizations and NGOs and Civil Society  organizations that have a stake in agricultural productivity, food securityand poverty reduction in Africa.

The participants of the Roundtable will discuss strategies to advocate for fertilizer-related issues to be  put and maintained at the top of the international agenda. They will discuss how best to strengthen  the capacity of AFFM to promote higher and safer use of fertilizer for enhanced agricultural productivity  and to effectively alleviate food insecurity in Africa. The roundtable will provide an ideal platform to  appeal for RMCs and Donors to honor theirpledges, as well as raise additional funds in support of AFFM.