The OCP group offers African fertilizer as an aid and at a discounted price

Marrakech hosts the 14th edition of the US Africa Business Summit, organized by the “Corporate Council on Africa” ​​(CCA), under the High Patronage of King Mohammed VI and under the theme “Building the Future Together”. In a plenary session, Illiass Elfali, Director of Institutional Strategy and Sustainability at OCP, presented the global leader in phosphates and fertilizers’ Africa aid program to tackle the global food crisis.

By participating in the “Scene Setter Plenary: Building Forward Together”, Iliass Elfali, Managing Director of Corporate Strategy and Sustainable Development of OCP Group, underlined the importance of addressing the challenges hampering agricultural development on the continent and emphasized the group’s commitment to increasing food security.
In this tense context and to ensure the availability and financial accessibility of fertilizers, Mr. Elfali recalled that OCP plans to increase production capacity by another 1 million tons this year and by 3 million tons next year.

During the session, he pointed out that Africa is still a net importer of food, despite its rich resources. He recalled that agriculture employs a third of the African population and contributes up to 50% to the GDP of several countries.

Population growth and the limited availability of arable land are structural challenges to food security. Elfali therefore emphasized the importance of a common commitment throughout the food value chain to move forward together.

Make 550 kilotons of fertilizer available for Africa

A panel dedicated to the many questions raised by agricultural development in Africa

In addition, through the recently announced launch of a fertilizer utility, OCP aims to empower African farmers to bring 550 kilotons of fertilizer to the continent. This program includes the donation and sale of fertilizer volumes at a discount.
Elfali insisted that considering Africa is part of the solution rather than part of the problem, stressing the need for more public-private partnerships. “The transformation of agriculture cannot happen without the contribution of smallholder farmers,” he said.
While participating in the panel “High Level Dialogue: Building a Sustainable Food Ecosystem”, Nada El Majdoub, OCP’s Executive Vice President, Performance Management, addressed the challenges facing the fertilizer industry, particularly with regard to their affordability and availabilty.
While such challenges existed before the Russo-Ukrainian conflict, she acknowledged that the war had exacerbated these problems. However, recalling OCP’s leadership in the fertilizer industry, she noted that the group is the “largest producer and exporter of phosphate-based fertilizer solutions” and highlighted OCP’s efforts to help African farmers in the current context. Nada El Majdoub said smallholder farmers were already facing financial difficulties before the recent challenges imposed on them. Addressing panelists and summit participants, she also emphasized the central role that education, science, knowledge and digital services can play in tackling the crisis. She concluded by emphasizing the need for the public sector to put agriculture at the top of the agenda. “That would be enough to find a solution,” she argued.

OCP group

The OCP Group contributes to feeding a growing world population by providing it with the essential elements for soil fertility and plant growth. With a century of expertise and a turnover of 9.4 billion dollars in 2021, the OCP Group is the world leader in the plant nutrition and phosphate fertilizers market.
The Group offers a wide range of specialty phosphate fertilizers suitable for enriching the soil, increasing agricultural yields and nourishing the soil to feed the planet economically and sustainably.
Based in Morocco and present on five continents, the OCP Group works closely with more than 350 customers around the world. Committed to best serve Africa’s environmental and social development, the OCP Group places innovation at the heart of its strategy, particularly for establishing sustainable and prosperous agriculture on the continent. The Group firmly believes that leadership and profitability go hand in hand with Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development. Its strategic vision lies at the intersection of these two dimensions.

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