The African population is expected to grow by 1 billion people within the next 35 years putting pressure on the sub-Saharan African Agribusiness sector. Sub-Saharan agribusiness will need to significantly expand and become more efficient to meet the demands yet yields continue to significantly be below world average.
However, yields have plateaued, supply chains are disorganised, and farmers struggle with high input costs and have poor access to commodity markets.
Average maize yields in Africa are at 1.3 mt/ha, whereas in America yields are some 9 mt/ha. About 50% of this yield gap can be closed through increased soil nutrients and crop protection. However, inputs use is well below even low to middle income countries.
There is therefore huge potential to close the gap through better inputs access, combined with responsible, sustainable use linked to markets.