Fertilizer Sector Reform Support Project in Niger
PARSEN is increasing Nigerien smallholders’ access to improved fertilizers.
Improving Fertilizer Access in Niger
The reform of the Nigerien fertilizer sector is in line with the government’s strategy of increasing fertilizer use by way of the Decentralized and Partnership Strategy for Inputs Supply for Sustainable Agriculture (SIAD, August 2006), which outlines specific objectives relevant to the sector:
- Make the fertilizer supply process open and transparent. This opening will allow price and quality competitiveness, which will lower prices.
- Focus the price strategy on the market – at values comparable to regional prices – so as to make fertilizers affordable for all farmers.
- Direct the subsidy program to the most vulnerable farmers.
- Make appropriate fertilizers available and accessible to farmers, especially small farmers, across the country.
PARSEN will contribute to improving Nigerien producers’ access to a wide range of fertilizers and more competitive prices through the following outcomes:
Intermediate Outcome 1: Fertilizer policies and regulations are reviewed to promote a leading role for the private sector in the supply and distribution of quality fertilizers.
Intermediate Outcome 2: A reformed grant program is put in place.
Intermediate Outcome 3: The private sector in fertilizer supply, production and distribution is strengthened.
Intermediate Outcome 4: The reform of the fertilizer sector and its performance are known and regularly shared.
The implementation of the Reform Plan is led by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, which oversees the regulatory bodies. These bodies are created within the Ministry and will provide leadership for the implementation of the Reform Plan.
The technical and financial partners involved in the fertilizers sector are fully involved in the reform to ensure synergy in the interventions. These include the European Union, KFW, the World Bank.
Similarly, the role of producer organizations and the private sector is important for full liberalization of the sector and as such will occupy an important place in all PARSEN activities.
Donor: The Millenium Challenge Corporation (MCC) through the Millennium Challenge Account – Niger (MCA-Niger)
- Pilot phase: October 2018 to March 2020
- National Upgrading Phase: April 2020 to September 2021