Fertiliser use in semi-arid West Africa: Profitability and supporting policy
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An important debate is currently under way among researchers and policy makers about the relative merits of using organic versus inorganic fertilizers to improve soil fertility in semi-arid areas of sub-Saharan Africa. Environmentalists argue that use of inorganic fertilizer contributes to natural resource degradation and recommend use of organic fertilizers as a means of promoting sustainable agriculture. Opponents of this view maintain that a more rapid introduction of inorganic fertilizers is required in sub-Saharan Africa where current levels of use are extremely low, even when compared with other developing countries.