Africa Biofertilizer Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The African Biofertilizer Market is Segmented into Microorganism (Rhizobium, Azotobacter, Azospirillum, Blue-green Algae, Phosphate Solubilizing Bacteria, Mycorrhiza, and Other Microorganisms), Application (Soil Treatment and Seed Treatment), Crop Type (Grains and Cereals, Pulses and Oilseeds, Commercial Crops, Fruits and Vegetables, and Other Applications) and Geography (South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Egypt, and Rest of Africa).

Market Snapshot

Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: 5.9 %

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Market Overview

The African biofertilizers market is projected to witness a CAGR of 5.9% during the forecast period (2020-2025). In the East African countries, including Kenya, Sudan, Uganda, and Tanzania, low demand due to lack of awareness and understanding of biofertilizers has resulted in the poor development of the biofertilizers sector. Despite the potential of biofertilizers, rapid market growth remains a challenge in eastern Africa, not only because of the high cost of production but also due to limited demand. South Africa and Egypt occupied a share of 57.78% owing to the presence of around 80% of the biofertilizer companies in the country. Rhizobium holds a significant share among all organisms by volume. This is because the major companies provide products that contain these bacteria and are among the fast selling products, which helps the companies to maintain voluminous sales.

Scope of the Report

Biofertilizers are defined as substances comprising living microbes, which, when applied to seed, plant, and soil, stimulate growth by the supply of essential nutrients, such as N, P, and other mineral nutrients. Moreover, inoculants that provide nutrients to the plants are considered as biofertilizers in this study.

Blue-green Algae
Phosphate Solubilizing Bacteria
Other Microorganisms
Soil Treatment
Seed Treatment
Other Applications
Grains and Cereals
Pulses and Oilseeds
Commercial Crops
Fruits and Vegetables
Other Applications
Carrier-enriched Biofertilizers
Liquid Biofertilizers
Other Technologies
South Africa
Rest of Africa

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Key Market Trends

Increasing Food Demand and Need for Sustainable Agriculture Development

Africa has the highest population with the most extensive arable land. For instance, the Sub-Sahara Africa region has 13% of the world population and has approximately 20% of global agricultural land. However, the area is facing severe food insecurity, which is primarily attributed to inadequate food production. The lack of access to mechanization in farming and limited use of fertilizers due to less farmer buying power is driving the demand for alternative cost-effective fertilizers such as bio-fertilizers in the region. According to Africa Fertilizer Organization, In 2018, the total consumption of fertilizers in regions, such as Ghana, Kenya, and Mali, was reported to be 310,866 metric ton, 545,675 metric ton, and 816,375 metric ton, respectively, while the imports were 315,157 metric ton, 626,418 metric ton, and 705,746 metric ton, respectively. In order to lessen the fertilizer imports, there is a need for the production of indigenous fertilizers, such as bio-fertilizers, that can substitute conventional fertilizer usage in the region.

Africa Biofertilizers Market, Food Insecurity Scale, World, Africa Northern Africa & Sub-Saharan Africa, 2015-2017

South Africa Dominates the Market

The South African biofertilizers market was valued at USD 29.3 million and accounted for 65% of the revenue for the African biofertilizers market, in 2017. Despite the ability of biofertilizers to sustainably increase the yields, along with significant economic benefit, they are not widely available to and also not adopted by smallholder farmers in South Africa. This further leads to the growing need for increased investments in localized research, the involvement of private and public sectors in the production of biofertilizers, establishment of adequate regulations, and promotion of a favorable environment for the growth of the biofertilizers market in the country.

Africa Biofertilizers Market, Revenue Share in %, by Country, 2019

Competitive Landscape

The African biofertilizer market is highly fragmented, with the top five market players accounting for about 20% of the market. The global biofertilizer market being unregulated is the reason behind the presence of many small companies. Once proper regulations are put in place, it is highly likely that the market will be consolidated among a few companies.

Major Players

  1. Mapleton Agri Biotec Pty Ltd

  2. Rizobacter

  3. Symborg

  4. Microbial Biological Fertilizers International

  5. International Panaacea Ltd.

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Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions and Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Microorganism

      1. 5.1.1 Rhizobium

      2. 5.1.2 Aztobacter

      3. 5.1.3 Azospirillum

      4. 5.1.4 Blue-green Algae

      5. 5.1.5 Phosphate Solubilizing Bacteria

      6. 5.1.6 Mycorrhiza

      7. 5.1.7 Other Microorganisms

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Soil Treatment

      2. 5.2.2 Seed Treatment

      3. 5.2.3 Other Applications

    3. 5.3 Crop-Type

      1. 5.3.1 Grains and Cereals

      2. 5.3.2 Pulses and Oilseeds

      3. 5.3.3 Commercial Crops

      4. 5.3.4 Fruits and Vegetables

      5. 5.3.5 Other Applications

    4. 5.4 Technology

      1. 5.4.1 Carrier-enriched Biofertilizers

      2. 5.4.2 Liquid Biofertilizers

      3. 5.4.3 Other Technologies

    5. 5.5 Geography

      1. 5.5.1 South Africa

      2. 5.5.2 Kenya

      3. 5.5.3 Uganda

      4. 5.5.4 Tanzania

      5. 5.5.5 Egypt

      6. 5.5.6 Rest of Africa


    1. 6.1 Most Adopted Strategies

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 AgriLife

      2. 6.3.2 Rizobacter Argentina SA

      3. 6.3.3 Lallemand Inc.

      4. 6.3.4 International Panaacea Ltd

      5. 6.3.5 Microbial Biological Fertilizers International

      6. 6.3.6 Mapelton Agri Biotec Pty Ltd

      7. 6.3.7 Symborg


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Africa Biofertilizer Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Africa Biofertilizer Market is growing at a CAGR of 5.9% over the next 5 years.

Mapleton Agri Biotec Pty Ltd, Rizobacter, Symborg, Microbial Biological Fertilizers International , International Panaacea Ltd. are the major companies operating in Africa Biofertilizer Market.

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