IPI International Potash Institute
IPI International Potash Institute

Regional activities

IPI activity in sub-Saharan Africa/Eastern Africa

Coordination: sub-Saharan Africa/Eastern Africa

Dr. Lilian Wanjiru Mbuthia

Dr. Lilian Wanjiru Mbuthia

IPI Coordinator for sub-Saharan Africa/Eastern Africa.


New Publications

  • Technical Manual on Potash Fertilizer Use...
  • Highlights: The First National Potash...


Articles from the Region
Published in e-ifc

  • The Role of Potassium in Cropping...
  • Soil Fertility Status and NPK Blends...


Papers & Presentations

  • Mavuno Zaidi - Large-Scale Farmer...
  • SoilCares Lab Initiative in Bungoma...


Scientific abstracts

  • Cassava (Manihot esculenta...
  • Integrated Nutrient Management for...


Maize Intensification in Mozambique (MIM) Project

The project is supported by the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA), International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI), International Potash Institute (IPI), and CropLife International and implemented by the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), An International Center for Soil Fertility and Agricultural Development, P.O. Box 2040, Muscle Shoals, Alabama 35662, U.S.A.


Provinces of MozambiqueThe New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) has declared that the vision of economic development in Africa must be based on raising and sustaining higher rates of economic growth, and the African Heads of State and Government adopted the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Program (CAADP), which calls for a 6% annual growth in agricultural production, as a framework for the restoration of agricultural growth, food security and rural development in Africa. Fertilizer use in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is, on average, 8 kg/ha, or only about 10% of the world average and fertilizer use in Mozambique is, on average, 6 kg/ha. Adequate nutrition is necessary to maintain human health and to enable humans to resist diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, and cholera, among others. Both healthy and ill people require micronutrients, macronutrients and a healthy calorie-protein diet that cannot be met by pills alone. A rapidly deployable approach to increase the micronutrient content of foods is agronomic fortification. By adding essential nutrients of both plants and humans (such as zinc and boron) and essential nutrients of humans (such as selenium) by fertilization, crop yields can be increased and human nutrition can be improved.

The project

The purpose of this project is to demonstrate to smallholder farmers how, with the use of more fertilizer and other inputs and better techniques, they can transition from subsistence farming to commercial, quality maize production and marketing. Our objectives of the project are:

  1. Increase maize yield, production, and nutritional properties through improved management and increased use of fertilizer, quality seed, and crop protection products
  2. Increase incomes of smallholder farmers and improve livelihoods by improved diets and purchasing power in rural areas through increased access to input and product markets.

The project will focus on productive farming areas/clusters in Manica, Nampula, and Northern Zambezia provinces. Farmers in these three regions of Mozambique are currently intensifying the production of vegetables, oil seed crops, and, to a lesser degree, cereal crops with the assistance of two on-going projects: the IFDC Agricultural Input Markets Strengthening (AIMS) project and Private Enterprise in the Development of Agriculture project (EMPRENDA).

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The Role of Potassium (K) in the Plant (in Urdu)
Potassium and Nitrogen Use Efficiency (NUE) in Urdu
Potassium in Soil and Plant Systems (in Urdu)
IPI profile infographic
Chloride - an essential nutrient
Potassium and Nitrogen Use Efficiency (NUE)
Managing Water and Fertilizer for Sustainable Agricultural Intensification - infographic
Potassium Improves your Crop Quality
Potassium Improves your Health
Potassium in Soil and Plant Systems
The Role of Potassium (K) in the Plant
What does a Plant Need to Live
Assessment of the Impact of Targeted Use of Fertilizer on Irrigated Rice in Asia
The Role of Potassium (K) in the Plant (in Urdu)

New publication

What's new in the region...

  • Paper: Mavuno Zaidi - Large-Scale Farmer Outreach has Increased Potato Yields in Kenya through a Focus on Balanced Fertilization more >
  • K in the Literature: Cassava Yield and Economic Response to Fertilizer in Tanzania, Kenya and Ghana more >
  • K in the Literature: Interactions Between Potassium, Calcium and Magnesium in Sugarcane Grown on Two Contrasting Soils in South Africa more >
  • K in the Literature: Effect of Nitrogen and Potassium Fertilization on Morpho-Agronomic Traits of Three Elephant Grass (Pennisetum purpureum Schum.) Genotypes for Biomass Production more >
  • Publication: Technical Manual on Potash Fertilizer Use for Soil Fertility Experts and Development Agents more >