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1. Agriculture in africa, a vector for economic growth

In Africa, the agricultural sector is at the heart of economies. With a contribution of 30% of GDP and 55% of the working population in agriculture, the industry is of paramount importance for the continent's socio-economic development. African agriculture has considerable assets. On the one hand, Africa is full of vast tracts of arable land, precisely 65% of the arable land available on the planet. On the other hand, the continent can count on a diversity of agro-ecological zones and climates, which creates a vast potential for agricultural products grown and marketed on domestic and export markets.

Despite rising production levels in recent years, the African continent continues to be a net importer of agricultural products to meet the basic food needs of its population. Despite structural changes, the import bill will rise from $45 billion in 2019 to $100 billion by 2030. The agricultural sector could lead to unprecedented socio-economic development on the continent, with high economic growth rates.

20 %
of the arable land available
on the planet is African

in food imports in 2019

2. Smallholder farmers
at the heart of the agricultural revolution

At the heart of the agricultural sector are small family farmers, who make up nearly 80% of the farming population. They carry most of the continent's production. This family structure of farms largely determines decision-making processes, work organization, and the management of production factors. This model explains the modest size of the plots, limited technological and capital levels, and therefore the low agricultural productivity of these family farms. Modest yields are essentially the result of common use of fertilizers and seeds, a lack of mechanization, due to lack of access to appropriate financial services.

Therefore, an agricultural revolution in Africa will have to be supported by a comprehensive approach centered around farmers, facilitating their access to inputs, training, and financial instruments. More importantly, farmers will need access to structured markets to market their products and grow their businesses.

3. African union at the heart
of the continent's agricultural

Modernization is essential to increase agricultural yields, given the challenges. This modernization project is one of the flagship projects of the African Union, materialized in its Agenda 2063. The first aspiration of this ambitious plan is to achieve a "prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development" through a radical transformation of agriculture, which will enable the continent to feed itself and be a significant player as a net food exporter.

The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) is one of the continental frameworks of Agenda 2063. It aims to help African countries eliminate hunger and reduce poverty by promoting economic growth through agricultural-oriented development and increased budgets for the agricultural sector. Through the ADADP, African governments should increase the level of investment in agriculture by devoting at least 10% of their national budgets to agriculture and rural development and achieve an agricultural growth rate of at least 6% per year

As part of the 10th anniversary of the CAADP, the AU launched the "Year of Agriculture and Food Security" in 2014. The culmination of this symbolic year came at the 23rd Ordinary Session of the Malabo Assembly in Equatorial Guinea. The Heads of State and Government adopted the Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Growth of Agriculture and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods. AU Heads of State and Government have pledged to eradicate hunger by 2025. To achieve this, they have also committed to halving current post-harvest loss levels by 2025.

4. Morocco - Africa,
a virtuous dynamic

His Majesty King Mohammed VI's speech on the 45th anniversary of the Green March reaffirmed the importance of proximity to the African continent for the Kingdom of Morocco. The Moroccan sovereign intends to make Africa the flagship continent of the 21st century, drawing on Moroccan economic resources.

The Moroccan sovereign has favored high-impact, wealth-creating structuring projects that will improve economic competitiveness and accelerate social development."

As a result of this creative and proactive strategy, Morocco has been a pioneer in greater intra-African cooperation, hence its weight in African direct investment and the presence of a dozen Moroccan companies among the companies championing integration.

These are the findings of the latest report by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), which lists 150 pioneering companies paving the way for greater integration. Half of them are African-owned companies, and the other half are multinationals with a long-standing presence on the continent. There are 19 countries represented in the African Pioneers, with South Africa and Morocco in the lead, and among them is the OCP Group in a strong position.



OCP Group has naturally responded to the royal vision for an African green revolution. As a leading Moroccan company and world leader in phosphate, OCP Group is fully committed to taking tangible actions to achieve sustainability in Africa. The company helps promote the sharing of experiences, strengthen cooperation, create partnerships, and implement innovative solutions to meet the needs of sustainable transformation of African agriculture.

To mark this commitment and carry out its African ambitions, OCP Group set up a dedicated subsidiary in December 2015: OCP Africa. Its creation was announced at the seventh International Conference, "Argus FMB Africa Fertilizer 2016," which brought together, on 25 and 26 February in Marrakech, 400 delegates from 55 countries, including more than twenty from Africa.

Since then, OCP Africa has implemented a range of projects and programs to benefit African farmers by contributing to the development of integrated agricultural ecosystems.

1. For efficient and sustainable agriculture

Between 2016 and 2021, OCP Africa has stepped up its efforts to promote efficient and structured agriculture by signing several agreements and partnerships under His Majesty King Mohammed VI with Ethiopia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, and Guinea.

OCP Africa works to:

1. Improve the fertility and productivity of African soils through a range of suitable products.
2. Securing the production of competitive fertilizers near major agricultural basins,
3. Contribute to the development of new local distribution networks, serving the entire agricultural sector.
4. Improving farmers' access to quality inputs, financing, market, training, and technology.

2. An inclusive
and "human-centric" approach

African agriculture is at a historic turning point, a moment of transformation that opens the field of possibilities for all farmers and industry players.

Africa can become a world leader in sustainable agriculture, using its resources to unleash its immense agricultural potential and feed its growing population. This is OCP Africa's guiding principle.

To materialize this conviction, OCP Africa has developed a comprehensive, integrated approach that puts humans at the center.

1. Innovation and science for market transformation:

the development of solutions will require innovations in many areas (business models, manufacturing processes and products, etc.). All of these innovations will be supported by enabling policies to transform the market and reshape consumer habits.

2. Human development for a sustainable impact on local ecosystems:

A human-centered approach is essential to developing the capital resources that are the backbone of transformation. This approach values those involved in food systems, starting with farmers, women, and young people.

3. Innovative partnerships to make the agricultural revolution a realization:

OCP Africa builds innovative partnerships along the value chain, from farmers to consumers, engaging key stakeholders such as governments, industrialists, distributors, etc.

3. Invest heavily and act locally

OCP Africa is investing heavily and locally to create production basins by installing integrated chemical platforms in Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Ghana, which will build on locally available natural resources.

These industrial platforms aim to produce sufficient locally adequate fertilizers and export surpluses to other parts of the world. Another critical component of our strategy to strengthen local production is establishing blenders and storage units based on specific needs and country-specific solutions. Infrastructure projects complete this approach in several African countries, including Rwanda, Côte d'Ivoire, Tanzania, Senegal, and Mozambique.

These projects will improve the accessibility of quality fertilizers, adapted to be more agile, and respond effectively to farmers' expectations. Locally-produced fertilizers will help boost fertilizer production in support of integrated chain development strategies, such as rice in Senegal, wheat in Ethiopia, or maize in Nigeria.



• Official opening of the African Fertilizer Complex (AFC) by OCP Group
• Announcement of the creation of OCP Africa during the Argus FMB in Marrakech


• Creation of OCP Kenya
• Creation of OCP Senegal


• Creation of OCP Benin
• Signature of Framework Cooperative Agreement in Ethiopia


• Agreement Protocol for fertilizer production in Nigeria (PFI)
• Agreement Protocol with FEPSAN in Nigeria (PFI)


• Creation of OCP Africa Fertilizers Nigeria


• Creation of OCP Côte d’Ivoire
• Creation of OCP Ghana
• Creation of OCP Cameroon
• Creation of OCP Zambia


• Creation of OCP Tanzania


• Launch of OCP School Lab (OSL) in Côte d’Ivoire
• Signature of a convention between OCP and the Ministry of Agriculture in Guinea


Launch of OSL in Ghana


Launch of Agribooster in Kenya


• Start of collaboration with Kaduna State in Nigeria


• Launch of Agribooster in Nigeria
• Launch of OSL in Kenya


• Launch of Agribooster for the sorghum value chain in Kenya


• Launch of OSL in Senegal


• Launch of AKADI project in Côte d’Ivoire


• Creation of Rwanda Fertilizer Company (RFC)
• Creation of OCP Ethiopia Fertilizer Manufacturing Company


• IMPULSE's African tour, a digital startups acceleration program


• Launch of Farmer House & Agripromoter in Nigeria


• Launch of collaboration with International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) as part of OCP School Lab in Senegal


• Signature of a partnership with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) in Ghana
• Deployment of Udongo platform and its mobile application in Nigeria
• Launch of Agribooster for the rice value chain in Côte d’Ivoire


• Launch of women and youth empowerment project in Senegal


• Signature of a convention with Délégation à l'Entrepreneuriat Rapide (DER) to support the development of the peanut value chain in Senegal


• Launch of the program Empowering African Youth (EMAY) in Nigeria
• Signature of an agreement protocol with the African Development Bank (AfDB)


• Official opening of the blending plant in Sokoto State in Nigeria


• Signature of an agreement protocol with the International Finance Corporation
• Signature of a convention with the Ministry of Rice Promotion in Côte d'Ivoire


• Signature of 5 agreement protocols for the implementation of the industrial complex in Nigeria


• Signature of an agreement protocol with the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation for the Agribooster campaign in Côte d'Ivoire

There is widespread agreement that the private sector is essential in modernizing African agriculture. However, private companies alone will have a limited impact on value chains, hence the imperative to focus on partnerships between public and private sectors.

As a trusted partner to agricultural development visions in the region, OCP Africa provides a platform by leveraging its programs and ecosystem.


In line with the Nigerian government's strategy and priorities, OCP Africa aims to contribute to developing and expanding the country's agricultural potential. The subsidiary of the OCP Group provides support, through a holistic, inclusive and partnership approach that supports all players in the agricultural value chain, ranging from input suppliers to the end consumer of agricultural products.

Partnership with FEPSAN and NSIA as part of the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative

In 2016, the OCP Group partnered with the Association of Fertilizer Producers and Distributors of Nigeria (FESPAN) under the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative (PFI), supported by the Nigerian Sovereign Fund (NSIA). This collaboration extends to the entire agricultural value chain, from the development of customized fertilizers, to improving the availability of fertilizers at competitive prices, to the implementation of support measures with Nigerian farmers, the contribution to the development of the supply chain and the strengthening of the local distribution network.

Thanks to the mobilization of stakeholders, the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative (PFI) has established itself as a high-impact program with resounding success on all fronts. In the same vein, three OCP Africa's blending units are under construction in Kaduna, Ogun and Sokoto. These platforms, scheduled for commissioning in 2021, will have a total production capacity of 500,000 tonnes of fertilizer per year, and will serve as Excellence Centers to promote good agricultural practices and monitor technical aspects of fertilizer quality.

Industrial project

In June 2018, on the occasion of the state visit to Morocco of His Excellency Mr. Muhammadu Buhari, President of Nigeria, the OCP Group and NSIA have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop an industrial fertilizer production platform including the establishment of an ammonia plant, an annual capacity of 750,000 tonnes and a phosphate fertilizer plant, with an annual capacity of 1 million tonnes by 2025.


With an estimated investment of $1.4 billion, the project is part of the Nigerian government's import substitution program since 2016 and the launch of the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative (PFI). It aims to promote local production and the supply of high quality fertilizers. This project leverage on the complementarity of natural resources between the two countries, namely Nigerian gas and Moroccan phosphate. The State of Aqua Ibom has been chosen as the location thanks to its well-established industrial ecosystem.

Total production capacity
100000 t
of fertilizer per year for 2021
an estimated investment of
$1.4 billion


Expected investment
$1.0 billion

OCP Africa has been present in Ghana since 2016, working closely with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) on two fronts: value chain development initiatives and the establishment of a fertilizer production plant. As part of the South-South Cooperation, this partnership aims to boost the agricultural value chain.

Value chain development initiatives

The Memorandum of Understanding signed in September 2018 has helped structure and conduct OCP Africa's activities, launched in Ghana in 2016. As of 2019, OCP Africa and MoFA agreed to intensify business development initiatives (Agribooster, OCP School Lab) and to add new initiatives (soil fertility maps, digitalisation...) into the Ghana Fertilizer Expansion Programme (GFEP). As a result, the Agribooster program has seen its target for the year increased to 100,000 farmers. As far as the School Lab initiative is concerned, it has already helped over 70,000 farmers in Ghana since its launch, and 50,000 more farmers will benefit from the program in 2021.

In addition, two new fertilizer formulas have been tested for cassava, vegetables and soybeans. The process is underway to add the maize and rice formulas previously tested in the country.

Jomoro Industrial Complex

The fertilizer industrial complex will take advantage of the complementary natural resources of the two countries, Ghanaian natural gas and Moroccan phosphate to produce ammonia, and high quality fertilizers: urea and DAP for local and sub-regional markets. The plant will be located in Jomoro in the Western Region in the future petrochemical center and will use advanced and modern technologies. The project has already completed pre-feasibility and conceptual studies. With an expected investment of up to $1.3 billion, it will benefit the local economy, communities and help create a vibrant agricultural and industrial ecosystem.


Dire Dawa Industrial Platform

OCP Group signed a Framework Cooperative Agreement with the Ethiopian Government, on the sidelines of the visit of His Majesty King Mohammed VI in November 2016, to construct a fertilizer production platform. It will be the second largest production platform of fertilizers on the African continent to be built in Dire Dawa, in the eastern part of the country. In its first operational phase, the future platform will produce 2.5 million tonnes of fertilizer annually and require an investment of $2.4 billion. The second phase of the project involves a 50% increase in the platform's capacity to 3.8 million tonnes of fertilizer through an additional investment of $1.2 billion. This platform will enhance the resources of both countries: phosphoric acid supplied from Morocco, gas and potash from Ethiopia.

Development of customized fertilizers in Ethiopia

Building on its experience with fertility maps in Morocco, OCP Group implemented a similar method in Ethiopia by working with the Agency for Agricultural Transformation (ATA). The results indicated that the constraint to crop growth was soil deficiency in sulphur, and led to the creation of three NPS and NPS+ fertilizer formulas for wheat, maize and teff. Tests with these new formulas have shown that yields have improved by up to 37%.

Total investment
$3.0 billion


On March 3rd, 2014, the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Guinea, the Ministry of Agriculture and Maritime Fisheries of the Kingdom of Morocco, and the OCP Group signed a cooperation protocol for agricultural development, reasoned fertilization of agricultural land, and technical cooperation in three areas :

The development and implementation
of a soil fertility map

The establishment of an agricultural

The training of managers
and workers in the agricultural sector

In 2017, OCP Group and the Guinean government signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the OCP's supply of 100,000 tons for 2017, of which 20,000 tons were offered free of charge. As part of the South-South partnership between Morocco and the Republic of Guinea, this agreement consolidates the collaboration initiated in 2014 between the OCP Group and the Guinean state on various initiatives.


In 2016, OCP Africa and the Burkina Faso Ministry of Agriculture signed a framework agreement built around the four axes:

1. Technical cooperation in the fields of phosphates;

2. Support for local phosphate processing and fertilizer distribution;

3. Support for the development of agricultural sectors;

4. Training and academic exchanges.

The objective of this state convention was to train 12,500 farmers on good agricultural practices through the campaigns of OCP School Labs, to develop a soil fertility map for a pilot zone of 140,000 Ha over 4 regions, to strengthen the capacity of some 50 agents in the fields of soil fertility, crop fertilization of geographical information systems and control of quality fertilizers, and equip two mobile soil analysis laboratories.

Trained farmers

100000 ha
Soil fertility map over 4 regions



Beneficiary farmers

Young people will be accompanied

In line with the "Plan Senegal Emergent" (PSE) and the "Programme d'Accélération de la Cadence de l'Agriculture Sénégalaise" (PRACAS), which advocate the transition from subsistence to modern and competitive agriculture, OCP Africa has teamed up with a multitude of Senegalese actors to help meet the challenges of agricultural transformation, under the Jokko Alliance. The Jokko Alliance is part of local, national, and regional agricultural development policies and strategies, which aims to contribute to the sustainable and inclusive development of the agricultural ecosystem at the national level and in the municipality of Sandiara in particular.

It was conceptualized with a holistic, partnership-driven approach to ensure the interconnection of actions throughout the value chain. The Alliance will be supported by important partners such as the Senegalese Institute for Agricultural Research (ISRA), Banque Agricole, OCP Group, the Senegalese Association for the Promotion of Development at the Base (ASPRODEB), Délégation à l'Entrepreneuriat Rapide (DER), Compagnie de production des Oléagineux (COPEOL), Mamelles Jaboot (JABOOT), the municipality of Sandiara, the Cheikh Anta DIOP University (UCAD) and the National Agricultural And Rural Council Agency (UCAD).

In its national dimension, the project will benefit around 381,000 farmers through an integrated and market-connected contract farming scheme. In addition, 1000 young people will be accompanied in various fields such as seed production, marketing of agricultural products, agri-food processing, and entrepreneurship.


As one of the most dynamic countries in West Africa, Côte d'Ivoire is mainly supported by agriculture, which accounts for over 26% of GDP. Although it has excellent potential for local production, the country is dependent on imports for about half of its rice needs. The Ministry of Rice Promotion and OCP Africa have decided, through a partnership as part of the national rice development strategy 2020-2030, to help eliminate the barriers to the full realization of the rice sector. The partnership aims to improve access to inputs, including access to suitable fertilizers, as a major lever to improve rice productivity and producer incomes.

A holistic approach will be implemented to resolve these issues, ensuring the creation of value at the local level and the socioeconomic development of rice farmers.


Expected investment
5 million
An increase of more than
10 %
in yields on potatoes

In 2018, OCP Africa created the Rwanda Fertilizer Company (RFC), a joint venture in partnership with Rwanda's national fertilizer distribution operator, Agro Processing Trust Corporation Ltd (APTC), and the Government of Rwanda through the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources for a total investment of USD 14 million. This venture is the result of a Memorandum of Understanding signed on the sidelines of King Mohammed VI's visit to Rwanda in October 2016 between the Rwandan Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources and the OCP Group.

Bugesera blending unit

Rwanda Fertilizer Company (RFC) is steering the construction and operation of a fertilizer blending unit at Bugesera Industrial Park, 50 km from the capital Kigali. The plant, which will produce more than 100,000 tonnes of fertilizer per year, will ensure the country's fertilizer needs while also supplying to neighboring countries. Pending the completion of the plant, the RFC has already begun its commercial activity by providing the government's subsidized fertilizer program.

Agronomic projects

In partnership with IFDC and the Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB), OCP Africa is conducting agronomic trials in Rwanda to evaluate new fertilizer products. This project aims to test new formulas, support key RFC and RAB staff through regional training on soil-specific and crop-specific fertilizer mix. The project, which targeted strategic crops for the country, resulted in an increase of more than 20% in yields on potatoes and maize and more than 16% for rice.

more than
1Million farmer
have benefited from our flagship
programs Since 2016.

African agriculture faces many challenges that call for the mobilization of numerous partners. In its five years of existence, OCP Africa has demonstrated its willingness to contribute to the achievement of the green revolution in Africa through a comprehensive approach that places the smallholder farmer at the heart of it.

The first step to unlocking agricultural potential is to close technical and technological gaps and to make a sustainable shift from subsistence agriculture to commercial agriculture. By leveraging on its agronomic and technological strengths, OCP Africa is implementing major programs that aim to impact not only the farmer but also the entire agricultural value chain.



OCP School Labs consists of a traveling school, mobile laboratories, and a digital device. Thanks to a team of agricultural engineers, farmers benefit from multi-year support and technological solutions to stay connected or in direct contact with agricultural advisors. This school offers demonstrations and educational training sessions for raising awareness about agricultural practices in accordance with the predominant culture of the regions in which they are located. Each training is adapted to the dominant cultures in the regions visited. A mobile laboratory associated with the schools systematically analyzes the soil in the targeted regions. The laboratory allows us to address more technical aspects such as soil nutrient needs and fertilizer recommendations tailored to local soils and crops. The laboratories are equipped with the most advanced modern technologies, including medium infrared and technical X-ray sensors that enable soil fertility assessment in real-time.


In June 2018, on the occasion of the state visit to Morocco of His Excellency Mr. Muhammadu Buhari, President of Nigeria, the OCP Group and NSIA have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop an industrial fertilizer production platform including the establishment of an ammonia plant, an annual capacity of 750,000 tonnes and a phosphate fertilizer plant, with an annual capacity of 1 million tonnes by 2025.

100 K
Farmers trained
Countries targeted



The Agribooster program is an inclusive development model designed to provide farmers with the best conditions for increasing their yields and increasing productivity by having access to a comprehensive package of products and services while strengthening market links. Agribooster allows farmers to have access to quality products and services through the provision of inputs (fertilizers, plant protection products, hybrid seeds), training sessions around best practices of reasoned fertilization, access to potential buyers in the market, support, access to financial services (including credit loans).


200 K
Farmers reached
yield increase on average
Successfully deployed in
4 countries



The Farmer House is a last-mile distribution solution that aims to meet the challenges of the availability and accessibility of agricultural inputs. The Farmer House includes all basic agricultural inputs, good agricultural practices (BPA) training, and extension services needed to ensure the permanent increase in farmers' yields and incomes, under one roof, near smallholder farmers in rural communities. Each farmer house features a classroom, storage room, office, a well, one or more tricycles, a digital soil analysis lab, a greenhouse, and a intelligent blender, etc.


outlets opened in
states in Nigeria



Agripromoters are OCP Africa extension workers attached to Farmer Houses who provide agricultural inputs as well as training, extension, and demonstration activities. To reach small rural farmers in their communities, each Agripromoter is equipped with a tricycle and tablet.


smallholder farmers reached in Nigeria
jobs to be created by 2024

Women and young people are indispensable for the transformation of agriculture in Africa. Investments in the economic empowerment of these populations are a high-dividend investment that will have a large impact on the continent's productivity, efficiency, and inclusiveness.

OCP Africa engages with these strategic populations for African agriculture and deploys innovative programs tailored to their challenges.


Using the Agribooster platform, OCP Africa launched the Women in Agribooster initiative in 2020 to reach 5,000 women farmers in Ghana. The initiative aims to alleviate the adverse effects of COVID19 and to ensure that women continue to produce food crops for their communities.
In addition to access to inputs, training on good agricultural practices, and market access, the program provides technical support to increase food productivity. TROTRO TRACTOR and SAYeTECH, two Ghanaian startups, winners of the first IMPULSE cohort, will support women farmers in mechanization through a powerful mobile on-demand platform that connects farmers to tractor operators and harvesting activities via smart machines. Through this program, OCP Africa creates innovative links between the startups that the company supports and vulnerable populations.


OCP Africa has launched an incubation program in Sandiara, western Senegal, aimed at building the capacity of young agripreneurs and women's cooperatives active in agribusiness. The program enables women's groups to develop a model of sustainable organization that brings members together around a common economic activity (transformation of agricultural products and poultry) and promotes inclusion in markets. For agripreneurs, the incubation program plays a real role as a propellant on the path of entrepreneurship through support in the formalization of their business and the strengthening of technical skills to raise their level of productivity. In the long run, it is planned to establish contracts between agripreneurs and women's groups to strengthen the relations between the two categories of beneficiaries.


will be trained
by the end of 2021

Launched in 2020, Empowering African Youth (EMAY) is a program that addresses the issue of youth unemploymentand their participation in the agricultural sector.

A young African can be an agent for positive change, a powerful channel for technology transfer, and a resource for advice in the agricultural sector with EMAY. Young leaders are trained by a higher education institute to become an expert and ambassador in the agricultural field, enabling them to secure their livelihoods.

Young Leaders are equipped with a number of tools, such as digital labs, tricycles, tablets, and other mobile tools, to bring their know-how to farmers to increase their yield and profitability.


Fertilizer use in sub-Saharan Africa has increased timidly. The rates applied are still low, and market penetration very variable, which make fertilizers relatively expensive, mainly because of the lack of economies of scale.
The 2006 Abuja Declaration called for an increase in fertilizer use in Sub-Saharan Africa to 50 kg/ha in 2015. Many fertilizer recommendations on the continent are still general, regardless of type and nutrient content, cultivation, agroecology, or soil fertility level.
In similar contexts, integrated soil fertility management proves to be a relevant approach to maximizing the efficiency of agronomic use of applied nutrients and improving crop productivity.
The approach relies on knowledge of soil specificities (availability of nutrients in the soil, water supply, etc.) and the demand of crops for nutrients (achievable yield and required amounts of nutrients). OCP Africa places an important emphasis on integrated soil fertility management, including digital soil mapping, which it places at the center of its agronomic efforts.

More than
10 M ha
of agricultural land mapped
between 2016 and 2020
Within the next five years,
5 M ha
of agricultural land will be
mapped as planned.


OCP Africa is committed to developing new fertilizer formulas tailored to African soils, and crop needs contributing to the development of the agricultural sector and improving farmers' yields. In partnership with governments, universities and research institutes, NGOs, farmers' associations, and the private sector, OCP Africa has carefully undertaken this long process in several African countries, including Nigeria. OCP Africa has launched and technically supported the Digital Soil Mapping Project, in collaboration with its partners Africa Soil Information Service (AFSIS), Bayero University in Kano, the Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR), National Agricultural Extension and Research Liaison Services (NAERLS) and Agricultural Development Programs (ADPs). This project enabled soil fertility assessment using a spatial methodology: satellite imaging processing, geostatistical modeling, and automatic machine learning combined with soil, vegetation, and weather data. This methodology has covered an area of 21 million ha and developed other fertilizer recommendations for maize.


Sharing the goal of putting research and innovation at the service of Africa's sustainable development, OCP Africa and Mohamed VI Polytechnique University (UM6P) have joined forces and knowledge to set up various projects. This collaboration aims to address the major challenges of the African continent, including the rational management of natural resources, the development of human capital, agile public policies, and sustainable industrialization.


OCP Africa believes in addressing African agriculture's current and future problems, such as food security, malnutrition, and climate change, holistically to obtain real and sustainable solutions. OCP Africa conducts innovative, ambitious and structuring research projects that revolve around five angles in close collaboration with Mohamed VI Polytechnique University and a dense network of African and international universities and research institutes.


Development of a new African soil and nutrient fertility management platform in partnership with UM6P, The University of Wageningen, the International Soil Reference and Information Centre (ISRIC) and many African partners across the continent. This project aims to build a platform that allows users to develop crop and fertilizer recommendations for various crops across the continent.


Tests are being conducted in Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana and Brazil on phosphate rock for its potential to correct soil acidity, and improve soil nutrient levels, particularly P, on different crops. In collaboration with UM6P and the universities of Hawassa and Haromaya, OCP Africa launched a research project on the applications of phosphogypse to reduce salinity in soils and farmlands across Ethiopia.


In 2019, OCP Africa has initiated a project to develop rhizobacteria-based inoculants to meet the nitrogen needs of pulse crops in Africa. In combination with the specific fertilizers that OCP Africa makes available to farmers, developing inoculants will provide better yields and efficiency in using nutrients provided while ensuring better environmental protection and nutrition of African populations rich in plant proteins.


The proliferation of water hyacinth is causing major disturbances to the local ecosystem at Lake Tana, including the reduction of fishing catches by almost 70% in recent years. Also it is a problem common to several large lakes in Africa. As part of OCP Africa's projects in Ethiopia, all mitigation and control techniques will be analysed, including the process of upgrading water hyacinth for the production of organic or bio-fuel fertilizers.

In Nigeria and Rwanda, OCP Africa is conducting a project to determine the effects of OCP fertilizers, containing zinc and boron on maize's yield and nutritional quality. This project aims to assess the effect of OCP fertilizers containing micronutrients (zinc and boron) from different sources on corn yield, and the mineral content of the harvested product (mainly grain), to demonstrate their contribution to ensuring good human nutrition in quantity and quality.


In East Africa, OCP Africa is developing the logistics network for fertilizer distribution and production in partnership with UM6P, JESA and Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal. By optimizing logistics operations between the port of Djibouti and distribution to the various regions of Ethiopia, via blenders, the logistics platform project will also design upstream and downstream logistics with the entry into service of the Dire Dawa plant.

OCP Africa is aware of the challenges of the digitalization of African agriculture and is doubly committed to facilitating access to it for as many actors as possible.

On the one hand, the subsidiary of the OCP Group develops digital solutions to bring value to the farmer directly.

OCP Africa is aware of the challenges of the digitalization of African agriculture and is doubly committed to facilitating access to it for as many actors as possible.


Launched in 2019, Udongo is a digital platform that promotes the agricultural value chain through various services while placing the farmer at the heart of the ecosystem. The digital solution offers farmers the opportunity to access the agricultural input market and local support through the Agri Extension Agents Network. Udongo offers educational and practical content on best agricultural practices and specific advice and recommendations for the farmer. This initiative will potentially be developed in the Group's strategic presence countries while integrating new services.


Access to a catalog of quality agricultural inputs (seeds, fertilizers,...) as well as services (mechanization, agronomic and veterinary advice) covering the regions of presence.


Management services toolkit : inventory management, order book management, management of farmers' relationships, and accounts for agri-distributors (input suppliers, distributors, etc.).

Educational content on Good Agricultural Practices (BPA) in terms of reasoned fertilization and rationalization of agricultural inputs, quality control...


• Consolidation and management of farmers' data and information related to their farms through a dedicated portal (Farmer Data Management).
• Local support for farmers through the Agri Extension Agents Network.
• Tracking and monitoring activities.
• Recommendations and agricultural advice.


OCP Africa has developed a web platform for soil nutrient management and the generation of specific nutrient recommendations and other good agronomic practices. With AGRO+, OCP Africa possesses an efficient tool that provides farmers with fertilizer recommendations. The tool replaces the existing recommendations tools used by many farmers, such as Nutrient Expert and significantly increasing the quality of recommendations and the number of beneficiary farmers. AGRO+ platform will also allow benefiting from the soil data collected through OCP Africa’s different programs and initiatives. Led in partnership with UM6P and the Nigeria Institute of Soil Science (NISS), the first trials in Nigeria’s State of Kaduna were successful.


Impulse is a unique acceleration program developed by Mohammed VI Polytechnic University in partnership with MassChallenge and supported by the OCP Group and its subsidiary OCP Africa. This 12-week program targets innovative startups in various scientific and industrial fields, such as Agritech, BioTech, Mining Technologies, and Materials Science and Nanotechnology. Impulse aims to support the rapid growth of these startups and forge fruitful and lasting links with the OCP Group, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P), and their ecosystems. This initiative is part of a University initiative called Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which aims to promote and support a global community of visionary researchers and entrepreneurs committed to developing the African continent. This platform creates a crossroads between several players in an ecosystem, working together to provide startups with access to different resources to build their business: training, workshops, Fablabs, Living Labs, incubation and acceleration programs, etc.

Dr. Mohamed Anouar JAMALI
CEO OCP Africa
April 2021

Created 5 years ago, OCP Africa capitalizes on the century-old experience of OCP Group to contribute to the sustainable development of African agriculture.

Present in the continent through 12 subsidiaries and 2 representative offices, with 17 African nationalities, OCP AFRICA is proud to belong in a multicultural, forward-looking Africa and working with a network

of public and private partners on the continent - governments, agricultural processing agencies, non-profit organizations, research institutes, and multinational Agri-business.

This report tells the story of our 5 years of activities in the service of African farmers to accompany them in the transition from subsistence agriculture to value-creating agriculture.

Through this activity report, we renew our deep conviction that Africa holds the keys to becoming a world leader in sustainable agriculture, using its own human and natural resources.

Through this business report, we thank all our African and international partners and all our employees within the OCP Group and its subsidiary OCP Africa for this ability to bring

intelligence and knowledge together in a spirit of commitment, sharing, and benevolence. Finally, through this report, we pay a moving tribute to former OCP Africa Ceo Karim Lotfi Senhadji for his outstanding leadership during his tenure from 2016 to 2020.

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5 years of contribution to the development of food systems in Africa


African states have relied heavily on agriculture in the past few decades to ensure their development, as evidenced by the numerous efforts.

The continent's high proportion of young people, the availability of quality arable land, and the abundance of water resources make it an ideal place to feed a growing population sustainably.

Its millions of hectares of available arable land, the diversity of its agro-ecological zones, its potential for industrial, environmental, social, and human development make Africa a strategic continent for the global agri-food industry.









Our adventure started five years ago. In five years, OCP Africa has been intensely involved in 12 subsidiaries where 17 different nationalities work side by side. Over the past five years, we have achieved many milestones, sealed partnerships, initiated programs, successfully implemented projects, and accompanied farmers.


Our presence on the continent is crucial to ensuring a close relationship with our customers and our partners. Based in Morocco, OCP Africa has 12 representative offices and subsidiaries across the continent.


As an active player on the continent, OCP Africa deploys projects tailored to each country's needs, involving targeted public–private partnerships leveraging on local resources.

By enhancing cooperation, promoting knowledge sharing, creating partnerships, and implementing innovative solutions, OCP Africa contributes to African agriculture's development.

One of the company's main concerns is developing a multidimensional and integrated approach that fosters a dynamic of collective intelligence. This holistic approach has had a significant impact on the continent's agriculture.