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OCP Africa and ITFC Launch the OCP Mobile School Lab under the Arab-Africa Trade Bridges Program

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Dakar, November 6th, 2019 – OCP Africa, a subsidiary of OCP Group, in partnership with the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC), a member of the Islamic Development Bank Group (IsDB), launched on November 6th the third OCP School Lab in the agro-ecological zone of Niayes, Thiès region, Senegal. The joint initiative follows the recent agreement signed by the two organizations on October 15 in Rabat. 

The launch of the OCP School Lab reaffirms the partners’ commitment to support a sustainable agriculture sector in Africa, starting with Senegal where the sector shows high growth potential. 

OCP Mobile School Lab provides farmers with soil analysis, fertilizer recommendations tailored to specific soil and plant needs, and training in sound agricultural practices. The program aims to increase crop yields and improve farmers’ living standards. This latest campaign of the OCP School Lab targets potato and onion crops in the agro-ecological zone of Niayes and will benefit a total of 5,000 farmers. 

The National Agency of Agricultural and Rural Council (ANCAR) will oversee the implementation of the project. “We are honored to official kick off this third School Lab campaign in Senegal in partnership with ITFC. OCP promotes experience sharing, sustainable partnerships, and innovative solutions to transform agriculture in Africa”, stated Moulay Lahcen Ennahli, SVP West Africa at OCP Africa. " We believe the OCP School Lab program will address a real issue on soil fertilization. The Agency has a great deal of interest in this innovation, which will address a major concern for farmers. They will be able to benefit from soil analyses as well as recommendations on the fertilization plan of their plots," added ANCAR’s General Manager Mariama DRAMÉ. 

Commenting on the launch, ITFC CEO, Eng. Hani Salem Sonbol said, “The initiative is part of the Arab-Africa Trade Bridges Program, an ITFC flagship program aimed at driving greater trade integration between the two regions. There is real opportunity for Africa’s smallholder farmers to be more integrated into the agriculture value chain and to benefit from sustainable enterprise in the sector. The partnership with OCP Africa will support this outcome through innovation, knowledge sharing and capacity development.” 

Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for 50% of ITFC’s food and agriculture sector financing extended in 2018 with trade finance approvals amounting to US$749.6 million.