African Summit on Fertilizers and Soil : Adoption of Algeria’s proposal to support gas producers

African Summit on Fertilizers and Soil : Adoption of Algeria’s proposal to support gas producers
African Summit on Fertilizers and Soil Health: Adoption of Algeria’s proposal to support gas producers

The Nairobi Summit was an opportunity to highlight Algeria’s regional and international role in the production of fertilizers which play a determining role in guaranteeing food security, given the considerable production capacities which it has and which made it possible to respond to the local market and supply the global market with 7 million tonnes/year.

The African Summit on Fertilizers and Soil , held in Nairobi, ended with the adoption, by participating countries, of Algeria’s proposal to support the efforts of gas producers, and the declaration of the 7th Summit of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), hosted in Algiers last March to encourage the production of gas as an essential substance in the production of agricultural fertilizers.

A final declaration sanctioned this meeting which took place from May 7 to 9 with the participation of the Minister of and Rural Development, Youcef Cherfa, representing the President of the Republic, Mr. Abdelmadjid Tebboune.

The Nairobi Declaration called for sustainable solutions to the problems of agricultural land and fertilizer shortages, in line with the 2023-2033 action plan which responds to the aspirations of African people to achieve sustainable food security.

The President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, underlined, in a speech read on his behalf by the Minister of Agriculture at the opening of the Summit, the pioneering role of Algeria in fertilizer production, taking into account to its production capacities which allow it to meet the needs of the local market and to supply the global market.

The President of the Republic affirmed that “Algeria plays a pioneering role in fertilizers. In addition to its ability to meet the needs of the local market, Algeria occupies a prominent place as a supplier country to the global market in Africa, , Asia and South . Therefore, adds the President of the Republic, Algeria intends to continue its efforts to develop natural gas, an important element in the manufacture of the main fertilizers, through the strengthening of direct investments in the field of oil and gas.

He indicated, in this regard, that this approach was consolidated by the “Algiers Declaration”, resulting from the 7th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the GECF, held on March 2, where “the major role of natural gas in the value chain of the petrochemical sector and chemical industries in general, with a broad group of main end markets, for the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including production of fertilizers to guarantee global food security.

Noting the dimension of continental integration of major development projects initiated by Algeria, the President of the Republic underlined Algeria’s availability to “share its experiences in strengthening human capacities in the field of integrated management and sustainable use of natural resources (water, soil), and investment in the production and distribution of fertilizers.

The Nairobi Summit was an opportunity to highlight Algeria’s regional and international role in the production of fertilizers which play a determining role in guaranteeing food security, given the considerable production capacities which it has and which made it possible to respond to the local market and supply the global market with 7 million tonnes/year, thanks to the efforts made in promoting investment in favor of sustainable agriculture.

These quantities are divided between 3 million tonnes of urea, 2 million tonnes of transformed phosphate and 2 million tonnes of ammonia. Furthermore, the donation of 16,000 tonnes of fertilizer that Algeria made to Kenya last January was welcomed by the Kenyan participants in the Summit who underlined the importance of establishing an Algerian-Kenyan partnership in this domain.

The donation concerns the fertilizer “Urea 46”, mainly used for soil fertilization, with a view to increasing the productivity of agricultural production in this country which is suffering from a food crisis. Organized by the African Union and the Government of the Republic of Kenya, this Summit was held pursuant to the decision of the 37th Conference of Heads of State and Government of the AU, held in Addis Ababa on 17 and February 18, 2024.

The Summit, which took place in the presence of official delegations and officials from international and regional organizations, aims to bring together all parties and stakeholders concerned to highlight the role of fertilizers and soil health in the stimulation of sustainable and favorable growth of agriculture in Africa.

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