Africa Fertilizers Market - Growth, Trends and Forecasts (2020 - 2025)

Africa Fertilizer Market is segmented By Type (Straight and Complex Fertilizers), by Crop Type (Grains and Cereals, Pulses and Oilseeds, Commercial Crops, Fruits and Vegetables, and Other Crop Types), and by country

Market Snapshot

Study Period:


Base Year:



5.1 %

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Market Overview

Africa Fertilizers market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 5.1% during the forecast period (2020-2025).

  • Fertilizer consumption is the key to Africa's food security. The region continues to offer the greatest growth opportunities with respect to fertilizer consumption but faces challenges such as uncertainty policy environment, limited access to finance and infrastructural constraints that hamper its potential.
  • In Africa, opportunities for fertilizer market growth can be materialized if certain aspects such as improved regional trade cooperation, increased private sector involvement and improved infrastructure and transportation arrangements are successfully combined to support the growth potential of the Africa fertilizer market.
  • Haifa Group, Yara International ASA, Omnia Holdings Limited and Haifa Group are some of the prominent players who have their presence in the region.

Scope of the report

The International Fertilizer Association defines a fertilizer as “any solid, liquid, or gaseous substance containing one or more plant nutrient in a known amount, that is applied to the soil, directly on plants, or added aqueous solutions (as in fertigation) to maintain soil fertility, improve crop development, yield, and/or crop quality.

Straight Fertilizers
Nitrogenous Fertilizers
Calcium Ammonium Nitrate
Ammonium Nitrate
Ammonium Sulfate
Anhydrous Ammonia
Other Nitrogenous Fertilizers
Phosphatic Fertilizers
Mono-Ammonium Phosphate (MAP)
Di-Ammonium Phosphate (DAP)
Single Super Phosphate (SSP)
Triple Super Phosphate (TSP)
Other Phosphatic Fertilizers
Potash Fertilizers
Muriate of Potash (MoP)
Sulfate of Potash (SoP)
Secondary Macronutrient Fertilizers
Calcium Fertilizers
Magnesium Fertilizers
Sulfur Fertilizers
Micronutrient Fertilizers
Other Micronutrient Fertilizers
Complex Fertilizers
Crop Type
Grains and Cereals
Pulses and Oilseeds
Commercial Crops
Fruits and Vegetables
Other Crop Types
South Africa
Rest of Africa

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Key Market Trends

Increased Food demand and Need for Sustainable Agriculture Development

Africa has the highest population with the largest 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 region is facing severe food insecurity which is primarily attributed to inadequate food production due to lack of access to modern mechanization and limited use of fertilizers. The region has ample low-cost gas feedstock and if investments are directed through public-private partnerships (PPPs) can boost regional fertilizer production and lessen the imports. With current regional policies favoring domestic fertilizer production such as in Kenya, Morocco can stimulate market growth during the forecast period.

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Increasing Investments in Fertilizer Production

There is an increase in domestic fertilizer production, which includes potassic fertilizers in the region owing to investments in developing new fertilizer manufacturing plants in the region. Favorable tax slabs promoting the domestic mining of ammonia and potash have further augmented the investments across various regions. Morocco, in recent years has become a hotspot for the potassic fertilizer market, accompanied by the ongoing investments in the country’s fertilizer sector. For instance, In 2016, Moroccan OCP Group(National Moroccan phosphate company), had signed an agreement with Nigeria’s Sovereign Investment Authority, to build an NPK fertilizer plant in Ethiopia, which is likely to become operational during 2023-2024. The plant would be able to supply nearly 2.5 million metric tons of NPK fertilizer blends annually. The other investments such as Dangote constructing a 2.6 million tons ammonia urea complex in Lagos, Nigeria by 2020 are likely to stimulate market growth during the forecast period.

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Competitive Landscape

Yara International ASA, Israel Chemicals Ltd, Haifa Group and Omnia Holdings Limited are some of the major players who have their operations in the region. These companies are expanding their presence by building new fertilizer manufacturing plants to boost domestic fertilizer production. For instance, Yara International ASA is making several public-private partnerships (PPPs) in Ghana, Malawi and the United Republic of Tanzania to strengthen its position in the region.

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Table Of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions & Market definition

    2. 1.2 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

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Straight Fertilizers

        1. Nitrogenous Fertilizers

          1. Urea

          2. Calcium Ammonium Nitrate

          3. Ammonium Nitrate

          4. Ammonium Sulfate

          5. Anhydrous Ammonia

          6. Other Nitrogenous Fertilizers

        2. Phosphatic Fertilizers

          1. Mono-Ammonium Phosphate (MAP)

          2. Di-Ammonium Phosphate (DAP)

          3. Single Super Phosphate (SSP)

          4. Triple Super Phosphate (TSP)

          5. Other Phosphatic Fertilizers

        3. Potash Fertilizers

          1. Muriate of Potash (MoP)

          2. Sulfate of Potash (SoP)

        4. Secondary Macronutrient Fertilizers

          1. Calcium Fertilizers

          2. Magnesium Fertilizers

          3. Sulfur Fertilizers

        5. Micronutrient Fertilizers

          1. Zinc

          2. Manganese

          3. Copper

          4. Iron

          5. Boron

          6. Molybdenum

          7. Other Micronutrient Fertilizers

      2. 5.1.2 Complex Fertilizers

    2. 5.2 Crop Type

      1. 5.2.1 Grains and Cereals

      2. 5.2.2 Pulses and Oilseeds

      3. 5.2.3 Commercial Crops

      4. 5.2.4 Fruits and Vegetables

      5. 5.2.5 Other Crop Types

    3. 5.3 Country

      1. 5.3.1 South Africa

      2. 5.3.2 Kenya

      3. 5.3.3 Egypt

      4. 5.3.4 Morocco

      5. 5.3.5 Nigeria

      6. 5.3.6 Rest of Africa


    1. 6.1 Most Adopted Strategies

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 Yara International ASA

      2. 6.3.2 Israel Chemicals Ltd

      3. 6.3.3 Haifa Group

      4. 6.3.4 Omnia Holdings Limited

      5. 6.3.5 Groupe OCP

      6. 6.3.6 Kynoch Fertilizer

      7. 6.3.7 Notore Chemical Industries Plc

      8. 6.3.8 UPL Limited


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