Minbos Resources Ltd (ASX: MNB) last week announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the International Fertilizer Development Centre (IDFC), which will work to develop and grow the Small Holder Farmer market in Angola.
The IFDC is an international non-for-profit organisation, dedicated to scientific innovations that increase global food production, protect the environment and empower Small Holder Farmers.
The organisation strives to improve the lives and productivity of Small Holder Farmers — who operate under a small-scale agriculture model — through running country-scale agricultural projects across Africa.
These projects introduce farmers to improved agricultural practices, fertiliser technologies and facilitation of market access.
As crop yields grow in Sub-Saharan Africa, so too does the demand for key ingredients used in food production such as fertiliser.
A spike in demand for reliable sources of fertiliser is imminent, with fertiliser consumption expected to almost double in the next 10 years in Africa.
Minbos has worked in partnership with the IFDC for several years, most notably to help develop the company’s Cabinda Phosphate Product, which included developing market demand in one of the most prospective fertiliser regions globally.
Developing food security in Africa
Minbos is building a nutrient supply and distribution business that stimulates food security in Angola and the broader Congo Basin.
This project has the potential to impact the whole country by boosting fertiliser production and food security.
Indeed, the new MOA with IFDC provides the platform to develop a joint proposal for a multi-year project designed to support the development of the local fertiliser market in Angola.
Angola is one of the world’s greatest untouched agricultural regions, possessing more than 35m hectares of arable land, high rainfall and some of the lowest rates of fertiliser use globally.
Minbos hopes to leverage the IFDC’s innovative research and market expertise to identify sustainable solutions for soil and plant nutrition for the benefit of small holder farmers, local communities and the environment.
Utilising strategic partners, the IFDC works with national and private parties to create or expand small holder fertiliser demand in parts of Angola.
Productivity gains are predicted to cause marketable crop surpluses, encouraging additional farmer investment in fertilisers.
More than four million small holder farmers are expected to be reached by the IFDC Angola project, which will be underpinned by Minbos’ fertiliser production.
The Cabinda Phosphate Project will commence production at 50,000tpa.
Given the large small holder farmer market in Angola and the IFDC’s strong record of delivering high-impact projects which boost fertiliser usage, demand is expected to exceed the nameplate capacity of 150,000tpa.
Minbos CEO Lindsay Reed said that as the company looked to enter production in early 2022, “securing market offtake through a program that unlocks value for local small holder farmers and government stakeholders, as well as Minbos shareholders, is key to our successful collaboration”.
“This first step in developing a project to establish a new market in Angola marks another milestone for Minbos as we look towards production in early 2022,” he said.
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