IFDC, Argus Sign Agreement to Bring Transparency to African Market

Collaboration Agreement to make African fertilizer market information publicly available

IFDC, Argus representatives sign cooperative agreement

Front row, left to right: Oliver Hatfield, VP fertilizers, Argus; Albin Hubscher, president and CEO, IFDC; Aida Idrissi Kaitouni, principal fertilizer consultant, Argus. Back row left to right: Hasan Tarique, senior consultant fertilizer, Argus; Rob Groot, director for business development and partnerships, IFDC; Andy Thigpen, head of communications, IFDC; Lauren Williamson, SVP fertilizers, Argus; WP O’Neill, Jr, president, International Raw Materials and IFDC board member; Younes Berrada, Chargé de mission au Cabinet du Président Directeur Général, OCP; Ferdinand de Jesus, account manager, Argus.

June 13, 2019 – Montreal – Global commodity pricing agency Argus has signed a collaboration agreement with the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) that will improve access to information regarding the traditionally opaque and complex African fertilizer sector.

Africa offers huge potential for growth in fertilizer use. The region accounts for 17 percent of the global population but consumes only 2-3 percent of the world’s fertilizer supplies. The use of fertilizers varies considerably across the continent but can be as low as 10 kilograms of nutrients per hectare, compared with an average of around 100 kg/hectare in developed countries.

IFDC focuses on increasing and sustaining food security and agricultural productivity in more than 20 developing countries, particularly in Africa. The organization will carry key fertilizer price information provided by Argus on the AfricaFertilizer.org website. These prices will include international benchmarks for urea, ammonium sulphate, ammonia, processed phosphates and NPK blends. All price information and market commentary provided by Argus will be freely available for anyone to view.

Argus has a strong team of more than 30 fertilizer experts operating internationally across eight locations. It produces a range of services covering all aspects of fertilizer markets, including price reports, forecasts and in-depth studies.

Argus and IFDC will also work together on industry events, including Argus’ portfolio of 12 international fertilizer conferences.

“Africa is key to growth in international fertilizer markets,” Argus chairman and chief executive Adrian Binks said. “With usage much lower than elsewhere, there is considerable opportunity to expand, which would increase crop yields. We are glad to be formalizing our long-standing relationship with IFDC to make fertilizer pricing more transparent.”

“Argus is a global leader in fertilizer price and related information, and IFDC has years of on-the-ground expertise in input markets in Africa and Asia,” IFDC president and chief executive Albin Hubscher said. “We are delighted that this agreement will enable us to share key data and analysis with our stakeholders. We expect that this will help our mission to improve soil fertility and crop nutrition in developing countries around the world.”

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Contact Information

IFDC
Rob Groot
rgroot@ifdc.org

Argus
London
Seana Lanigan

+44 20 7780 4272
seana.lanigan@argusmedia.com

Houston
Melanie Cruthirds

+1 713 968 0000
melanie.cruthirds@argusmedia.com

Singapore
Pierre Lever
+65 6496 9960
mediasg@argusmedia.com

Moscow
Alexey Komarov
+7 495 933 75 71
alexey.komarov@argusmedia.com

 

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