Africa Crop Protection Chemicals Market Size

Statistics for the 2023 & 2024 Africa Crop Protection Chemicals market size, created by Mordor Intelligence™ Industry Reports. Africa Crop Protection Chemicals size report includes a market forecast to 2029 and historical overview. Get a sample of this industry size analysis as a free report PDF download.


Market Size of africa crop protection chemicals Industry

Africa Crop Protection Chemicals Market Summary
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Icons Lable Value Study Period 2017 - 2029 Market Size (2024) USD 1.53 Billion Market Size (2029) USD 1.80 Billion Largest Share by Function Insecticide CAGR (2024 - 2029) 3.32 % Largest Share by Country South Africa

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Africa Crop Protection Chemicals Market Analysis

The Africa Crop Protection Chemicals Market size is estimated at 1.53 billion USD in 2024, and is expected to reach 1.80 billion USD by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 3.32% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

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1.53 Billion

Market Size in 2024 (USD)

1.80 Billion

Market Size in 2029 (USD)

3.36 %

CAGR (2017-2023)

3.32 %

CAGR (2024-2029)

Largest Segment By Function

39.89 %

value share, Insecticide , 2023

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Stem borers, mainly lepidopterans, pose a serious threat to African agriculture. Carbofuran, disulfoton, and fenthion are the most common insecticides to control stem borers in Africa.

Fastest-growing Segment by Function

3.65 %

Projected CAGR, Herbicide , 2024-2029

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Africa is witnessing average annual losses of 25-100% due to weeds. At the same time, the country is increasing intensive agricultural practices to meet the food demand in the region.

Largest Segment by Crop Type

43.21 %

value share, Grains & Cereals , 2023

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Grain and cereals are of utmost importance for ensuring food security in Africa as they serve as staple foods, and pesticides are extensively used to ensure higher yields.

Largest Segment by Country

13.22 %

value share, South Africa , 2023

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Banana bunch, citrus huanglongbing, ​fall armyworm, and maize lethal necrosis are prominent pests in the country, where crop losses of up to 100% were reported in some cases.

Leading Market Player

16.38 %

market share, Bayer AG , 2022

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Bayer is one of the leading dominant players in the region’s agricultural sector, with a major demand for products such as Luna, Movento, Notivo, and Sekura.

Insecticides dominate the African crop protection chemicals market

  • Agriculture is one of the major sectors in Africa. This sector fulfills the growing population's food security needs and helps the region to grow economically. The region's diverse climate conditions are favorable to the various crops, including wheat, maize, rice, soybeans, sunflower, beans, tobacco, coffee, cocoa, and tea.
  • Insecticides dominated the African crop protection chemicals market, accounting for a share of 39.9% in 2022. Crop losses in African countries due to insects are estimated at 49.0% of the expected total crop yield each year, according to the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International. However, some crop losses may be even worse, and the effects of the changing climate are expected to increase the damage done by insects. Stem borers, leaf-eating caterpillars, bean flies, aphids, thrips, leafhoppers, whiteflies, and beetles are major pests that cause economic yield losses in the region.
  • Herbicides are the second most used crop protection chemicals in Africa, accounting for a market share of 3.0% in 2022. On average, the region is losing up to 25-100% crop losses to weed infestations every year. At the same time, the region is implementing intensive agricultural practices to meet the food needs of a growing population, which favors the infestation of various weed species. During the historical period, the consumption of herbicides witnessed significant growth, and the usage increased by 8,264 metric tons between 2017 and 2022.
  • Growing population, a decrease in arable land, and a rise in food security are some driving factors of the market in the region, and the market is anticipated to witness a CAGR of 3.7% during the forecast period.
Africa Crop Protection Chemicals Market

The market is growing due to the rising consumption of pesticides to protect crops from pests and weeds

  • The demand for pesticides in Africa is increasing to protect crops from pests, diseases, and weeds. Farmers in the region depend heavily on these chemicals as pest and disease infestations can result in substantial crop damage and loss.
  • The fall armyworm infestation can lead to a shortage of 16 million metric tons of maize worth almost USD 5 billion. According to the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International, if this moth is not properly controlled, it has the potential to cause annual losses of 8.3 to 20.6 million tons in 12 of Africa's major maize-producing nations.
  • Africa cultivates root and tuber crops such as cassava, sweet potato, potato, and yam on 23 million hectares of land. Cassava is consumed by 500 million to 1 billion Africans, but it is susceptible to insect pests and disease. The cassava mosaic virus and cassava brown streak disease are the most significant diseases affecting the crop. The annual economic losses in eastern Africa and central Africa are estimated to be between USD 1.90-2.70 billion.
  • Maize, rice, wheat, and sorghum are the most important food crops grown in the country. Among these, maize is the most widely grown cereal crop. It is highly susceptible to pests, like Chilo partellus Swinhoe (Crambidae), which can cause significant yield losses ranging from 15% to 100% annually. In fact, farmers in eastern Africa have reported production losses of up to USD 450 million due to Chilo partellus alone. These factors are expected to drive the consumption of pesticides, and the crop protection chemicals market is expected to register a CAGR of 3.3% during the forecast period.

Africa Crop Protection Chemicals Market SIZE & SHARE ANALYSIS - GROWTH TRENDS & FORECASTS UP TO 2029