Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | Ghana, Nigeria, Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania
Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has the lowest fertilizer usage in the world – insufficient to replace soil nutrients lost every year to crop production.
To maintain agricultural productivity and sustain farmers, both government and the private sector need the means to better collect, analyze, and use relevant data to encourage fertilizer use.
DG spoke with more than 100 agricultural stakeholders across Ghana, Nigeria, Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania. We identified significant, unmet demand for more and better data, as well as new ways to view and analyze existing information.
To address this need, DG will implement and scale a three-branched program that aims to:
- Improve current data collection methods;
- Innovate to increase accuracy of the high-level fertilizer consumption indicator (kg/ha) through more accurate arable land calculations;
- Visualize the above two elements with a dashboard -- providing users with a one-stop-shop portal with key fertilizer data.
Kenya Fertilizer Overview Page