Action Africa: Yara sends first 20,000 tonnes of premium fertiliser to support smallholder farms
Yara has committed 40,000 tonnes of premium fertiliser, agronomic expertise and digital enablement to smallholder farmers as part of their Action AfricaInitiative, a public-private partnership supported by the UN World FoodProgram, the Norwegian government and African institutions. The first 20,000tonnes of YaraMila, a complex NPK product, left Yara’s production facility on28th June, journeying from Porsgrunn, Norway towards Kenya andTanzania.
The initiative is designed to provide fertiliser and agronomic support to small farms in multiple countries, including Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia,Malawi and Mozambique. This support will help provide food for one million people for one year, while the fertiliser and agronomic support will help farmers produce food for one million people for one year.
Yara has committed to this partnership in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, which 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.
DagInge Ulstein, the Norwegian minister of International Development, visited Yara’s Porsgrunn plant to oversee preparations before the vessel’s departure, in addition to meeting with Yara CEO Svein Tore Holsether and employees who prepared the shipment. “This initiative taken by Yara is very important and will go a long way,” said Minister Ulstein.
“The Action Africa initiative has many milestones to come and I am convinced that we have only seen the beginning, ”says Pablo Barrera Lopez, Executive Vice President Strategy & 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.”