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Organic Fertilizers, Eritrea and Sub-Saharan Africa

Asmara, Eritrea Science & Environment, Food & Drink, Research, Social 31 Oct 2023

By the year 2000 and beyond, Sub-Saharan Africa's population is projected to grow at over 3% per year, while food production is projected to grow at 2% or less per year. Filling this gap and increasing food production will require intensive agriculture based on advanced technologies, which includes organic fertilizers.
Eritrea is making impressive efforts to encourage the production of organic fertilizers. In April 2024, Eritrea held its first national organic fertilizer conference to share 15 years of organic fertilizer production experience. Moreover, the neighboring country Sudan produces 50,000 tons of compost annually.
In Burkina Faso, soil is burning due to chemical fertilization (360,000 hectares of land are degraded every year). A Burkinese agronomist has figured out how to stop the fire, by utilizing organic fertilizer called Nekyam. The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) has been warning of the development of fertilizer prices in Africa since 2020. Numerous specialists suggested several solutions, including local production of organic fertilizers.

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