Resilient Agriculture on the African Continent

Resilient Agriculture on the African Continent: The Proof will be in the Soil

Recommendations on fossil fuel-based and ‘green’ fertilizer production and use in Africa
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Africa must find ways to enable its population to lead better lives. This includes access to healthy and sustainably produced food. In 2022, the number of hungry people in Africa increased by 57 million compared to pre-pandemic times. As if these immense challenges weren't discouraging enough, they must also be addressed in an increasingly unstable ecological and political climate.

This policy paper, prepared by the offices of the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Abuja, Berlin, Cape Town, and Nairobi ahead of the African Union Fertilizer and Soil Health Summit in Nairobi, takes a closer look at the role of synthetic fertilizers in African food systems.

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Heinrich Boell Stiftung
Table of contents
  1. Context: Synthetic Fertilizers in Africa
  2. Fossil Fuel-Based Synthetic Fertilizers: Not compatible with net zero by 2050
  3. ‹Green› Fertilizer: The Risks
  4. Questioning the Correlation Between Nitrogen Fertilizer Application and Food Security
  5. Recommendations for Strengthening Soil Health on the Continent