IITA leads the new fertilizer and soil health hub for West Africa and the Sahel

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As part of activities during the Africa Fertilizer and Soil Health (AFSH) Summit, IITA and partners launched the Fertilizer and Soil Health Hub in Nairobi, Kenya. The hub, an initiative targeting improved soil health, increased agricultural productivity, and sustainability in West Africa and the Sahel, is designed to strengthen capacity, support policy, and enhance awareness.

With the West African region and the Sahel facing challenges such as poor yields, loss of ecosystem services, and soil health decline, the hub will bridge existing gaps in soil systems, capacity development, knowledge management, fertilizer use, and agronomy.

With $10 million in funding for over five years from Office Cherifien des Phosphates (OCP) Africa and the World Bank’s Accelerating Impacts of CGIAR Climate Research for Africa (AICCRA) project, the hub is a collaborative effort led by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). It has its head office at IITA’s headquarters in Ibadan, Nigeria, and will have a supporting facility at the University Mohammed VI Polytechnic (UM6P) in Ben Guerir, Morocco.

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