IFC, OCP to support sustainable food systems by improving agricultural value chain in Africa

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OCP Group, the world’s largest phosphate mining and fertiliser group, and IFC have signed a milestone financing agreement to support OCP in expanding its value chain in Africa

IFC is committed to combatting poverty and creating opportunity in Africa while helping the region endure the economic fallout of COVID-19. (Image source: Adobe stock)

IFC’s US$100mn financing will help OCP Africa, a subsidiary of OCP, expand its logistics networks and increase the availability of fertilisers, adapted to local soils and crops, in Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, and Tanzania. The funds will also be used to put in place additional farmer development programmes. Along with this financing, OCP has also launched projects with IFC to enhance corporate governance, and promote gender equity.

“The strategic partnership between OCP Group and IFC continues to grow, and today’s agreement is a testament to the shared values and high level of trust our institutions enjoy. We are committed to enhancing sustainable and inclusive growth, while maximising the potential of the phosphate resource. This agreement will allow us to support more crops, more farmers, more communities, more natural environments, and help feed the world. This is a new step towards our common goal of developing sustainable agriculture in Africa, helping the continent play its role towards achieving global food security,” said Mostafa Terrab, chairman and CEO of OCP Group.

Makhtar Diop, managing director at IFC, said, “The partnership with OCP is part of IFC’s strategy to promote regional integration through the support of a Moroccan champion expanding into Sub-Saharan Africa, creating jobs and encouraging the transfer of technologies. Through our partnership, smallholder farmers will be able to access climate smart agriculture practices, increase productivity thus improving their livelihoods; and communities will be able to better withstand the impact of climate change.” 

OCP, which has 21,000 employees, is a major company in Morocco and the largest phosphate exporter in the world. The agreement expands on two earlier partnerships, one aimed at strengthening the rice sector in Cote d’Ivoire and the millet sector in Senegal, the other aimed at helping OCP obtain the leading global business certification for gender equality – EDGE (Economic Dividends for Gender Equality).

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