Russian producers of mineral fertilizers are ready to double their shipments to African countries

Russian producers of mineral fertilizers are ready to double their shipments to African countries in the next five years. This was announced by Andrey Guryev, President of the Russian Fertilizer Producers Association (RFPA), on the sidelines of the second Russia-Africa Summit, taking place in Saint Petersburg.


Regarding the food security situation in the African continent:


·      60% of arable land on the continent is not being utilized for agriculture.

·      According to UN statistics, 40% of the land in Africa suffers from degradation due to the presence of cadmium and heavy metal impurities from fertilizers.

·      Approximately 278 million people (20% of the population) suffer from chronic hunger.

·      If the current trend of food imports continues, which currently amounts to a massive $55 billion, it is expected to double by 2030.

Regarding the performance and plans of Russian fertilizer producers in Africa:


·      Russia holds about 10% of the African market for mineral fertilizers. Over the past five years, Russia has more than doubled its shipments of mineral fertilizers to African countries, reaching 1.6 million tons in 2022. Russian fertilizers are used in 25 countries across the continent.

·      The main products include NPK, ammonium phosphate, ammonium nitrate, and urea. The leading suppliers of Russian fertilizers to the African continent are PhosAgro (33%) and EuroChem (25%).

·      The primary markets for Russian fertilizers are South Africa (ammonium phosphate), Morocco (ammonium nitrate, urea), Senegal (nitrogen fertilizers), Tanzania (DAP, nitrogen), and Côte d'Ivoire (nitrogen, NPK).

·      Russian fertilizer producers continually expand their product range for African countries. They have developed new fertilizer brands with minimal acidifying effects, which are particularly relevant due to the high acidity levels of local soils. They have also created brands with high granule solubility, essential in dry climate conditions. Additionally, these fertilizers contain added calcium, magnesium, sulphur, zinc, and boron.

·      Domestic Russian fertilizers do not contain harmful concentrations of cadmium and other toxic substances, ensuring the health of African soils and agricultural produce.


Promising directions for the development of the Russian-African cooperation in the field of mineral fertilizers include:


·      Increasing volumes and expanding the geographical scope of shipments. Russian fertilizers are currently used in 25 African countries, and we are willing to discuss terms of mutually beneficial cooperation with companies from the remaining 30 countries. We aim to once again double shipments to the African continent within the next five years.

·      Scientific and technical cooperation, exchanging experiences in the extraction and processing of mineral resources with African fertilizer producers to implement modern and efficient technologies in their production processes.

·      Collaborating with educational institutions in Africa to raise awareness among farmers and consumers of agricultural produce about the risks associated with heavy metal content, particularly cadmium, in fertilizers.

“We highly value the results of our joint work at the summit. I am sure the achieved results are creating a good foundation for further deepening the Russia-Africa partnership in the interests of our nations’ prosperity and wellbeing.”

President of the Russian Federation
Vladimir Putin

The Russia–Africa Summit, which is taking place in Sochi on 23–24 October 2019, encapsulates the historically friendly relations between the African continent and the Russian Federation. This Summit carries great significance as it is the first of its kind to emerge during a period of major global and international transformations. In response to the aspirations of the people it is representing, the Summit intends to build a comprehensive framework for expanding Russian–African relations into broader horizons of joint cooperation across different fields.

The African nations and Russia share a common understanding of international relations, based on the principles of respect for the rule of international law, equality, non-interference in the internal affairs of states, and the peaceful resolution of disputes. Both sides affirm their commitment to support multilateral actions to oppose new international threats, be they terrorism and extremism in all their forms, or declining growth rates. The two sides share a firm conviction regarding the importance of developing trade flows and supporting mutual investment in such a way as to ensure security, peace and development for the African and Russian people.

African countries have huge potential and opportunities that will allow them, once efforts to streamline their economies have been achieved, to emerge as real global players. In recent years, the nations of this continent have achieved major successes spanning the political, economic, social and administrative spheres. Africa has flourished in terms of growth over the past decade, reaching a continent-wide growth rate of 3.55% in 2018.

The African Union Summit, which was held in Niger in July 2019, continued the efforts of the African countries and saw the African Continental Free Trade Agreement come into force, along with its operational instruments. The agreement is one of the key objectives of Agenda 2063, an African development strategy that has been created to address the African people’s desire for prosperity and decent living standards.

These successes are opening up wide-ranging prospects for cooperation between African countries and the Russian Federation, and confirm the determination of African governments and their people to cooperate with multiple partners in order to establish mutually beneficial relations.

With this in mind, we express our hopes that the Russia–Africa Summit will help in the establishment of constructive strategic relations, based on partnership between two sides across various fields, and in the service of fulfilling the hopes and aspirations of the African people and their friends in Russia.

President of the Arab Republic of Egypt
Abdelfattah ALSISI