Africa Crop Protection Chemicals Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The African crop protection chemicals market is segmented by origin (Synthetic and Bio-based), by type (Herbicide, Fungicide, Insecticide, and Other Types), by application (Grains and Cereals, Pulses and Oilseeds, Fruits and Vegetables, Commercial Crops and Other Applications), and by country.

Market Snapshot

african crop protection chemicals market
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: 4.2 %
african crop protection chemicals market size

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Market Overview

African Crop Protection Chemicals Market is projected to register a CAGR of 4.2% during the forecast period (2020-2025). Growing population, a decrease in arable land, and a rise in food security are some of the factors driving the market growth for pesticides in the region. An increase in R&D expenditure, low awareness about the benefits of using pesticides among the farming communities are some of the factors restraining the growth of the market.

Scope of the report

Crop protection chemicals constitute a class of agrochemicals, which are used for preventing the deterioration of crops from insects and pest infestation. The report comprises a detailed analysis of synthetic pesticides, with about 70% share in the crop protection chemicals market. Biopesticides accounted for a comparatively minute share in Africa.

Other Types
Grains and Cereals
Fruits and Vegetables
Pulses and Oilseeds
Commercial Crops
Other Applications
By Country
South Africa
Rest of Africa

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Key Market Trends

Rise in Adoption of Biopesticides

The growing health consciousness among African consumers is driving the demand for organic foods, in order to avoid adverse health effects caused by chemical substances present in inorganic foods. In response to the growing need of organic and safe food, the growers are following safe farming practices that have minimal environmental impacts and looking for biologically extracted plant growth promoters in place of synthetic products. Notably, the current statistics on organic acreage in Middle-East and Africa were recorded at 1.79 million hectares in 2016, which has significantly risen to 1.98 million hectare in 2018. Thus, the notable increase in the organic acreages in the region clearly indicates the increasing importance of organic farming practices, such as the usage of biopesticides in the region. The rise in the pest incidences has made biopesticides to serve as a viable alternative to chemical pesticides in sustainable pest management programs. Baculoviruses, such as nucleopolyhedrovirus (NPV) and granulovirus (GV), are the successful biological pesticides in the region.

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Herbicides are Dominating the Market

There is an increase in the use of herbicides as there is a shortage of workers for hand weeding crop fields as thousands of Africans moving to urban from rural areas. Hence, the adoption of Herbicides has become a viable option as Labour use for weed control is reduced by 54% to 96% when growers switch from hoe weeding to chemical pesticides. The applications of herbicides in major crops can reduce yield loss, thereby increasing crop productivity. For instance, Cassava one of the major staple crops grown in the region, Storage root yield reductions caused by uncontrolled weed interference in cassava ranges between 40% and total loss. Various research activities have proved that Herbicide's application as a weed control is the effective method of controlling yields in Cassava. With the increase in awareness among the African farming community about the benefits of using crop protection, chemicals, such as herbicides, are expected to augment the demand for these products, driving the growth of the market.

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Competitive Landscape

The Africa crop protection market is fragmented with the presence of many international and local players. Adama Agricultural Solutions, Sumitomo Chemicals, UPL Limited, and Bayer AgroScience AG are some of the major players operating in this market. These players are adopting product innovation as the major strategy to strengthen the position in the market.

Major Players

  1. Adama South Africa

  2. BASF SE

  3. UPL limited

  4. Bayer CropScience AG

Adama Agricultural Solutions,  Sumitomo Chemicals,  UPL Ltd, Syngenta International AG, BASF SE, Bayer CropScience AG

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and 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 Force 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 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Herbicides

      2. 5.1.2 Fungicides

      3. 5.1.3 Insecticides

      4. 5.1.4 Nematicides

      5. 5.1.5 Molluscicides

      6. 5.1.6 Other Types

    2. 5.2 Origin

      1. 5.2.1 Synthetic

      2. 5.2.2 Bio-based

    3. 5.3 Application

      1. 5.3.1 Grains and Cereals

      2. 5.3.2 Fruits and Vegetables

      3. 5.3.3 Pulses and Oilseeds

      4. 5.3.4 Commercial Crops

      5. 5.3.5 Other Applications

    4. 5.4 By Country

      1. 5.4.1 South Africa

      2. 5.4.2 Egypt

      3. 5.4.3 Rest of Africa


    1. 6.1 Market Share Analysis

    2. 6.2 Most Adopted Strategy

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 Adama Agricultural Solutions

      2. 6.3.2 Sumitomo Chemicals

      3. 6.3.3 UPL Ltd

      4. 6.3.4 Syngenta International AG

      5. 6.3.5 BASF SE

      6. 6.3.6 Bayer CropScience AG

      7. 6.3.7 Corteva Agriscience

      8. 6.3.8 FMC Corporation

      9. 6.3.9 Novozymes Biologicals


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Africa Crop Protection Chemicals Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Africa Crop Protection Chemicals Market is growing at a CAGR of 4.2% over the next 5 years.

Adama South Africa, BASF SE, UPL limited, Bayer CropScience AG are the major companies operating in Africa Crop Protection Chemicals Market.

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