4R Nutrient Stewardship
Cooperative Development Organisation
Implementing Partners and Organisations
African Plant Nutrition Institute (APNI)
International Plant Name Index (IPNI)
The Social Enterprise Development Foundation in West Africa (SEND)
Period of Implementation
Africa: Ethiopia, Ghana, Senegal
Multilateral Aid: Global Affairs Canada
Smallholder farmers worldwide face many challenges, such as limited access to the market, poor post-harvest handling, and limited quality of agriculture production due to depleted soil and unsustainable fertilizer usage. The 4R-Nutrient Stewardship Project (4R-NSP) aims to address these issues, helping increase resilience, incomes, and food security and reducing poverty for men, women, and children.
The 4R Nutrient Stewardship project is a five-year initiative funded by Global Affair Canada (GAC) with a joint contribution from the Co-operative Development of Foundation of Canada (CDF Canada) and Fertilizer Canada (FC). The project’s ultimate goal is to improve the socio-economic well-being and resilience of 80,000 (50% women) smallholder farmers in Ethiopia, Ghana, and Senegal through enhanced agricultural productivity and sustainability.
Over the five years, the project aims to
- Enhance sustainable production using climate-smart, best agricultural management practices, and increase value chain access and integration by women and men farmers in the targeted countries.
- Enhance representation and influence of women in leadership positions and decision-making bodies in farmers’ co-operatives within targeted communities
- Increase integration of gender-sensitive 4R principles in relevant standards and policies nationally in Ethiopia, Ghana, and Senegal; and globally
 The 4Rs are: using the Right Source of nutrients (matching fertilizer types to crop needs), applying at the Right Rate (matching nutrient applications to specific crop and requirements), at the Right Time (matching nutrient application timing with peak period when plants need to take up nutrients), and at the Right Place (placing nutrients at a place in the soil where plant roots can easily take them up).
Impact on SDGs
2. Percentage of smallholder farmers (w/m) participating in the project reporting improvements in their livelihood and food security
3. Percentage of total targeted smallholder farmers (w/m) implementing 4R
4. Percentage of trained women elected to leadership positions within the community, disaggregated by position and organization
5. Proportion of decisions (by cooperative/community) driven by women, supported by qualitative evidence
2. Co-op Development Ladder Assessment
3. Rolling profiles
4. Focus group discussions
5. Key informant interviews