The Africa Fertilizer Financing Mechanism (AFFM), in collaboration with the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) and AFRIQOM, will be hosting the first virtual edition of the East and Southern Africa Fertilizer Financing Forum on Thursday, 28 October 2021.

The event has been themed ‘Strengthening Regional Collaboration to Finance Fertilizer in the Agribusiness Value Chain’, and will facilitate the identification of opportunities for building and fostering partnerships with sectoral stakeholders in order to enhance access to finance and agricultural productivity in East and Southern Africa.

According to the organisers, the forum will bring together regional member countries, regional and international development and commercial financial institutions, farmers, private sector, and non-governmental organizations.

The goal will be for participants to deliberate on potential solutions to existing bottlenecks to fertilizer financing.

Meanwhile delegates will also discuss ways to scale up funding in the region by leveraging the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) initiative and other existing success stories.