International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) Policy Brief 20 analyzes the structure and performance of fertilizer markets in West Africa and offers recommendations to improve market performance.

According to the brief, “While increasing agricultural productivity in West Africa faces numerous challenges, one of the keys will be fertilizer market development. The region can gain large economies of scale, as well as efficiency improvements in marketing and distribution, by promoting a common fertilizer market.”

The policy brief was written by Dr. Balu L. Bumb, a consulting policy economist and trade specialist for IFDC; Dr. Michael E. Johnson, a research fellow in IFPRI’s Development Strategy and Governance Division; and Dr. Porfirio A. Fuentes, a senior scientist in IFDC’s Research and Development Division. The brief is based on “Policy Options for Improving Regional Fertilizer Markets in West Africa” (IFPRI Discussion Paper 1084).

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