Listen To The Land


Africa’s land can sustainably produce enough food for its people, but years of use have depleted it. Against this backdrop, the 2024 Africa Fertilizer and Soil Health Summit emphasizes the need to “Listen to the Land” to understand its needs for rejuvenation. We recognize that various solutions, including fertilizers, must be swiftly implemented to prevent further deterioration and to restore soil health for increased agricultural output, and ultimately continental Food Security.

Every Voice Matters, Every Perspective Counts


The restoration of Africa’s Soil Health is a collaborative effort involving various stakeholders including government leaders, scientists, farmer organizations, NGOs, and advocacy groups. The Summit aims to unite the aforementioned stakeholders and others in showcasing the central role of soil health in driving sustainable agricultural growth in Africa.

The Time To Act is Now!

It is now universally agreed that we cannot afford any more delays, because the cost of inaction is dire. The 2024 Africa Fertilizer and Soil Health Summit seeks to remind Africa’s agriculture sector stakeholders that the continent’s soil health transformation remains dependent on the decisions made today for the benefit of future generations. New resolutions and partnerships will be made in Nairobi, Kenya, and it is anticipated that the Summit will be the change-point for a renewed agricultural future.


The 2024 Africa Fertilizer and Soil Health Summit

The African Union Commission (AUC) will host the 2024 Africa Fertilizer and Soil Health (AFSH) Summit from May 7-9 at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC), Nairobi, Kenya. The theme of the conference is “Listen to the Land”, which will guide deliberations, deals and product showcases around sustainably transforming the fertility of Africa’s agricultural land.

The Summit will bring together African Heads of State, high-ranking government officials, senior policy makers, private-sector players (including fertilizer manufacturers, importers, blenders and distributors), and civil society organizations for three days of active discussions aimed at driving knowledge exchange, technology promotion and a strategic drive towards Africa’s agricultural and food system transformation.

Other participants will include representatives of farmer organizations and development agencies, including NGOs, policymakers, scholars and scientists, and representatives of leading donor organizations and the media. In total, over 1,500 participants are expected to attend the event.




Africa has experienced a widespread decades-long decline in soil quality of farmland since the early 20th century – a phenomenon that continues today and negatively impacts the agricultural production capacity and food security in the continent. To derive solutions, in June 2006, the Heads of State and Governments of the African Union endorsed the Abuja Declaration on Fertilizer for the Africa Green Revolution, a continental strategy to reverse the worrying trend of poor productivity of the African soils.

The Declaration focused on key targets required for agricultural growth, food security, and rural development in Africa, with a focus on the role of fertilizers. It recommended raising the use of fertilizers from 8 kg/(nutrients)/ha to 50 kg (nutrients) /ha by 2015, and the establishment of an African Fertilizer Financing Mechanism (AFFM) with the objective of improving agricultural productivity by providing financing required to boost fertilizer use in Africa to achieve the target of 50 kg of nutrients per hectare, as mandated by the Abuja Declaration. However, the target is yet to be met with the average fertilizer use per hectare remaining between 5kg/ha and 10 kg/ha since 1990. This is less than 10% of the world average.

For a step-change, and to fast-track the achievement of the target, the 2024 AFSH Summit will review the state of Africa’s soil health to recalibrate the strategies being deployed for boosting the productivity of soils towards higher and sustainable gains in crop yields as well as economic growth and transformation, and the overall well-being of Africa’s farming communities.

Event Format

Days of action-packed engagements

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The Summit

Objectives Of The Summit

The main objective of the 2024 AFSH Summit is to highlight the central role of soil health transformation in stimulating sustainable pro-poor productivity growth in African agriculture and food systems, and to adopt the 10-year Africa Fertilizer and Soil Health Action Plan. The specific objectives of the conference are to:

• Bring together high-level stakeholders to highlight the crucial role of soil health transformation, including through the correct use of fertilizer, in stimulating sustainable productivity growth in African agriculture.

• Deliberate on and endorse the 10-year Africa Fertilizer and Soil Health Action Plan, the Soil Initiative for Africa framework and the Nairobi Declaration.

Audience Profile

The Summit will gather African Heads of State, high-ranking government officials, senior policy makers, private-sector players, farmer organizations, scientists and researchers, and civil society organizations, amongst many others.

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