Yara has committed 40,000 tonnes of premium fertiliser, agronomic expertise and digital enablement to smallholder farmers as part of its Action Africa Initiative, a public-private partnership supported by the UN World Food Program, the Norwegian government and African institutions.
The first 20,000 tonnes of YaraMila, a complex NPK product, left Yara’s production facility on 28th June, journeying from Porsgrunn, Norway towards Kenya and Tanzania.
The initiative is designed to provide fertiliser and agronomic support to small farms in countries including Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique. The support will help provide food for one million people for one year, and the fertiliser and agronomic support will help farmers produce food for one million people for one year.
Yara says it has committed to this partnership in light of the Covid-19 pandemic that has disrupted production for smallholder farms in these countries. The goal is to not only support those businesses, and those dependent on them, but help increase their overall resilience and establish a strong foundation going forward.
“The Action Africa initiative has many milestones to come and I am convinced that we have only seen the beginning,” commented Pablo Barrera Lopez, executive vice president strategy and communications at Yara International. “I am proud that Yara can contribute to increasing food security in vulnerable communities. The total impact of this will go far beyond what we first envisioned.”