The partnership aims to promote and energize the OCP Africa Agribooster program on the continent. To begin with, it targets 20,000 farmers in Côte d’Ivoire.
Something new in the agricultural sector in Africa! The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) has in fact joined forces with OCP Africa to support its Agribooster program on the continent. The agreement was signed by Dr. Mohamed Anouar Jamali, Director General of OCP Africa, and Hani Salem Sonbol, Director General of ITFC, last Tuesday in Rabat. To begin with, the pilot operation of this new partnership will be launched for Ivorian farmers. The program will thus benefit 20,000 farmers, including rice growers, with the aim of helping them improve agricultural value chains in the country. Agribooster will thus provide beneficiaries with all the conditions necessary to increase their yields and income. This will involve the characterization of soils to better fertilize them, the supply of hybrid seeds and high quality fertilizers, training in good agricultural practices and the facilitation of market access.
In the current context of the Covid-19 pandemic, the program will also help preserve the health of Ivorian agricultural workers, by providing them with suitable personal protective equipment. In short, this new partnership aims to give new impetus to the Agribooster program, which targets all the countries of the continent to develop sustainable agriculture. According to ITFC boss Hani Salem Sonbol, “the ITFC grant to the OCP Africa Agribooster program in Côte d’Ivoire aims to minimize the economic impact of Covid-19 by maintaining supply chains global food but also by improving agricultural value chains in this country.
African countries must indeed strive to secure their local agricultural production, in order to minimize their dependence on imports, but also with the aim of strengthening the food security of their populations ”. And, according to Jamali, “Covid-19 has highlighted the limits of our current production models. The impact of the pandemic on food security requires new holistic models to produce enough food in Africa. The Agribooster program is a good example of an initiative to push African food systems to become more resilient, and we are pleased to have ITFC as a partner in Côte d’Ivoire. ” Indeed, OCP Africa’s Agribooster program is dedicated to the development of sustainable agriculture on the continent. Since its launch, it has already reached more than 630,000 smallholder farmers in four countries (Ghana, Senegal, Nigeria and Côte d’Ivoire), improving their yield by almost 40%.
Aziz Diouf / Eco Inspirations
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