by on April 16, 2019 Read Time: 2 minutes, 33 seconds

OCP Group, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, Morocco and the International Fertilizer Development Centre (IFDC), have signed a multi-year pact to collaborate on the engineering of new fertiliser technologies, improvement of crop and soil specific fertilizer recommendations as well as the development of value chains and market systems, research and implementation of fertiliser systems to benefit African farmers.

The partnership was announced, last week in Washington, D.C, USA, during the signing of a master agreement between OCPs Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Mostafa Terrab and IFDCs President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Albin Hubscher.

Speaking during the signing of the agreement, Terrab said:This important partnership with IFDC confirms and advances our ambition to mobilise world-class resources in research and innovation for the benefit of Africa in general and African smallholder farmers in particular. We believe that this programme has the potential to transform our continents fertiliser industry and we are pleased to embark on this journey with IFDC, he concluded.

In his remarks, IFDC CEO, Mr. Albin Hubscher noted that: This partnership will accelerate the development and large-scale production of more efficient fertilisers to increase smallholder productivity and incomes while respecting the environment.

He further stated that: The partnership is unique because it invests in a public good: the next generation of African scientists and professionals to drive the growth of the agriculture sector and feed the continent. Hubscher posited.

The master agreement outlined collaboration areas in which the OCP-Mohammed VI Plytechnic University-IFDC consortium will undertake projects with the ultimate aim of boosting African agriculture and farmer livelihoods through innovative fertilisers that meet the specific needs of the African soil and socio-economic conditions for sustainable development.

The partnership would leverage the unique abilities of the consortium members to combine research and education with implementation under real life conditions.

The collaboration areas would be mutually reinforcing, develop science-based interventions, produce a large body of scientific publications, and create the next generation of trans-disciplinary trained scientists who can bridge the gap between science and implementation.

OCP plays an important role in feeding a growing global population, by providing essential elements for soil fertility and plants growth.

With almost a century of experience and revenues reaching US$ 5.95 billion in 2018, OCP Group is a leader in the phosphate rock and the worlds first producer of

phosphate-based fertilisers.

OCP provides a wide range of well-adapted fertilizer

products to enhance soil, increase agricultural yields, and help feeding the planet in a sustainable and affordable way.

Mohammed VI Polytechnic University is a hub of education, research, innovation and entrepreneurship, aspiring to become a solid bridge of knowledge between Morocco, Africa and the world.

Located in the Mohammed VI Green City in Benguerir, near Marrakech, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University applies a learning by doing approach and develops sound partnerships with worldwide class universities, to promote leadership and training in focused research areas.