The African organic fertilizer market is projected to register a CAGR of 9.3% during the forecast year. Focus on organic cultivation, and the need for sustainable farming practices are the major reasons for the increasing consumption of organic fertilizers in Africa. Various government subsidies and initiatives in developing countries for sustainable organic farming are expected to maintain continuous growth in the market. Less awareness among the farmers is restraining the growth of the market. The developing and untapped markets in Africa would provide substantial growth opportunities for the market.

Key Market Trends

Popularity for the Organic Farming Drives the Market

Organic farming in Africa has been increasing at a significant rate. According to FAO, the area under organic cultivation was at 1.9 million hectares in 2017, which is 0.1 million hectares more than the previous year. There are more than 1.2 million hectares of certified organic agricultural land in Africa, which constitutes about 3% of the world’s organic agricultural land. There are more than 574’000 organic producers. Uganda has the largest organic area (231’000 hectares) and most organic producers. As the organic cultivation only uses biological organic fertilizers, increasing organic farming boosts the market in Africa.

South Africa Dominates the Biofertilizers Segment of the Market

South Africa is the top country among all the African countries in terms of the revenue generated from the biofertilizer segment. The country accounted for 45.8% of the total African market revenue in 2019. Factors, like environmental concerns, increasing awareness among the farmers, and degrading soil quality, are the major market drivers in the region. Regional and global players manufacturing the biofertilizers in South Africa is one of the major factors boosting the market in South Africa.

Competitive Landscape

The African organic fertilizer market is highly fragmented, with top-five market players accounting for about 20-30% of the market. There are many local players operating in the region, mainly because of the unregulated market. Collaborations with government organizations and expansion in the market, along with product innovation, are some of the strategies adopted by the companies.

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