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African farmers battling food crisis due to fertiliser shortage

Mr Lazzaro owns five acres of land and was once a successful tomato farmer in the northern Arusha region. But now, like many others, he is battling to keep his business and crops alive, amid a global fertiliser shortage.

“It’s been difficult for me to get fertiliser in the market,” Mr Lazzaro says.

The amount of fertiliser available globally has almost halved, while the cost of some types of fertilizer have nearly tripled over the past 12 months, according to the United Nations.

That is having a knock-on effect in countries like Tanzania, where farmers are dependent on imported fertiliser.

“I ended up buying fertiliser from a local manufacturer but still I have to place an order months earlier due to the shortage,” Mr Lazzaro adds.

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