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Dakar Summit: Morocco’s OCP to “Actively Contribute” to Improving Agricultural Productivity in Africa

The Office chérifien des phosphates (OCP) will “actively contribute” to improving agricultural productivity in Africa, with a commitment to devote to the continent more than 4 million tons of fertilizers in 2023, said the General Manager of OCP Africa, Mohamed Anouar Jamali.

This amount represents “more than double that provided by OCP to the continent in 2021 and more than a quarter of the total production planned by the group,” added Jamali. Jamali, who was speaking at a panel on the issue of fertilizers, held Thursday in Diamniadio, 30 km from Dakar, as part of the Dakar 2 Summit on Food Sovereignty, held at the initiative of the African Development Bank ADB, the Government of Senegal and the African Union Commission.

In July 2022, OCP launched a large-scale program by making 550,000 tons of fertilizer available to several African countries, said the head of the Moroccan Office.

Food security is perhaps one of the greatest challenges that we will have to meet collectively,” said Jamali, noting that “the challenge is twofold and is to ensure sufficient food productivity, while meeting the challenges of sustainability and environmental impact of our production systems.”

OCP, the world leader in the plant nutrition market and the world’s largest producer of phosphate fertilizers, considers that improving yields through a rational use of fertilizers is essential to meet this challenge, he added.

The second edition of the Dakar Summit, held under the theme “Feeding Africa: food sovereignty and resilience”, opened on Wednesday, under the presidency of the Senegalese Head of State, Macky Sall, in the presence of some fifteen heads of state and three vice-presidents and heads of government, including Morocco’s Aziz Akhannouch.

 

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