MAP - Monday, April 15th 2019

IFDC, OCP, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University Ink Agreement on New Fertilizer Solutions

Washington - The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), OCP Group and Mohammed VI Polytechnic University have inked a multi-year partnership to collaborate on the engineering of new fertilizer technologies, improvement of crop- and soil-specific fertilizer recommendations, development of value chains and market systems, and research and implementation of fertilizer systems to benefit African farmers.

The partnership was announced at the signing of a master agreement between IFDC's President and CEO Albin Hubscher and OCP Chairman and CEO Mostafa Terrab on April 11 in Washington, D.C. “This important partnership with IFDC confirms and advances our ambition to mobilize world-class resources in research and innovation for the benefit of Africa in general and African smallholder farmers in particular,” Terrab said. “We believe that this program has the potential to transform our continent’s fertilizer industry, and we are pleased to embark on this journey with IFDC,” he added. "This partnership will accelerate the development and large-scale production of more efficient fertilizers to increase smallholder productivity and incomes while respecting the environment," Hubscher said. “The partnership is unique because it invests in a public good: the next generation of African scientists and professionals to drive the growth of the agriculture sector and feed the continent,” he noted. The master agreement outlined collaboration areas in which the OCP-UMVIP-IFDC consortium will undertake projects with the ultimate aim of boosting African agriculture and farmer livelihoods through innovative fertilizers that meet the specific needs of the African soil and socio-economic conditions for sustainable development. The partnership utilizes the unique abilities of the consortium members to combine research and education with implementation under real-life conditions. The collaboration areas will be mutually reinforcing, develop science-based interventions, produce a large body of scientific publications, and create the next generation of transdisciplinary trained scientists who can bridge the gap between science and implementation.