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    Oxford Business Report Reflects OCP’s Commitment to Develop African Agriculture

    The OCP’s fertilizer sales in Africa moved from 208,000 tonnes to 2 million tonnes in 10 years.

    15 Apr 2021

    Rabat – In collaboration with Morocco’s OCP Group, the Oxford Business Group has released its latest report exploring the current trends in, and assets of, Africa’s agriculture.

    The report introduced Africa as a home for agriculture due to its promising potential that can serve not only its food demand but for the needs of the world at large.

    Agriculture is one of the pillars of Africa’s economy, accounting for 14% of the total gross domestic product (GDP) in sub-Saharan Africa.

    The statistics also identified agriculture as a direct employer for the majority of the continent’s population.

    The Oxford Business Group’s report also features an interview with the CEO of OCP Africa, Mohamed Anouar Jamali, who discussed the group’s efforts and leadership in mitigating the COVID-19 crisis in the agriculture sector as well as the pandemic’s overall impact in Morocco and across the continent.

    Jamali acknowledged the significant impact the Coronavirus had on all business sectors and firms across the world.

    He noted agriculture’s resilience, attributing the success to the government’s support.

    The OCP official shared statistics, reflecting the importance of agriculture for Africa; the sector employs six out 10 people across the continent, he explained, noting its potential for development.

    The sector also accounts for approximately 15% of Africa’s GDP.

    “The heightened risk of food insecurity due to the pandemic has led governments and businesses to boost efforts to keep agricultural operations running smoothly and safely,” Anouar Jamali said.

    The OCP official also cited an overview from the World Bank showing the resilience of the agriculture sector despite the pandemic.

    According to the World Bank, the world market for agricultural products fared better than overall trade thanks to government support schemes in many countries.

    However, COVID-19 measures, including social distancing, posed an acute challenge for farmers, preventing them from reaching out to their customers directly.

    The pandemic’s measures also made finding seasonal workers “more difficult,” with cooperatives finding particularly challenging to secure “enough buyers,” Anouar Jamali emphasized.

    The OCP official stressed the importance of government aid to the sector amid the pandemic, saying government subsidies forced international organizations to “rethink how food supply chains function to ensure food can still reach consumers.”

    More than 60% of Africa’s population live in rural areas, according to converging data. This population mainly depends on smallholder or family farming.

    “Therefore, movement restrictions, disruptions to food supply, and limited market access can have devastating effects, such as heightened food insecurity.”

    To address such challenges, OCP Africa suggests that investment in technology and training can improve supply chains across the continent.


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