International Fertilizer Association and agri benchmark launch major global fertilizer consumption project


Paris, France, Braunschweig, Germany December 2023 – The International Fertilizer Association (IFA) and agri benchmark Cash Crop have announced the start of a joint project aimed at collecting data on the quantity of fertilizer used in key crops within all major fertilizer-consuming countries.

The project represents a significant move to further monitor fertilizer usage in crop production around the world.

Following the completion of a successful pilot project to test and refine a methodology across seven countries in six continents, the global project roll-out will now begin.

Its aim is to make the use of fertilizers in global crop production transparent to the public and to all stakeholders, using agri benchmark’s bottom-up approach to data collection to understand at a sub-regional level how a country’s key crops contribute to the national quantity of fertilizer consumed.

Fertilizer use in crop production is a topical and important issue: on the one hand, fertilizers are the cornerstone of improved crop growth and an important means to ensure global food security. On the other hand, inefficient use of fertilizers can be harmful to the environment.

Furthermore, nitrogen is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture.

The new project will deliver the following key outputs: (1) Regional and national averages in nutrient application per hectare of the key field crops and perennial crops that make up >70% of arable land use. (2) Regional and national averages in nutrient application per hectare of grassland. (3) Estimates for national fertilizer use in crop production and grassland in total. (4) Specific fertilizer use per ton of crop output.

The global roll-out of the project will be phased over three years with a focus on different global regions in each year.

Dr Yelto Zimmer, head of agri benchmark: “We are very excited to be expanding our collaboration with IFA to work on the global roll-out in monitoring fertilizer use.

Our aim is to become a hub for knowledge in global crop production economics, and this project will certainly strengthen the breadth and depth of data that we collect in that regard.” Achim Dobermann, Chief Scientist at IFA, commented, “This project will systematically collect information on fertilizer use and other important agronomic practices, which we urgently need for improving global and national databases on nutrient use, balance and efficiency.

We look forward to working with the agri benchmark network.” For further information on the project, please reach out to Achim Dobermann (IFA, [email protected]) or Tom Arthey ([email protected]) who is the project manager at the agri benchmark Center. -ends-

About agri benchmark

agri benchmark Cash Crop is a non-profit global network of agricultural economists, coordinated by the German Thünen Institute and the non-profit company global networks.

Its aim is to generate and disseminate reliable and usable analyses of major trends in global crop production for decision makers.

For more information, please visit IFA media contacts LinkedIn: international-fertilizer-association-ifa Twitter: @FertilizerNews Media contact: Claire Newell, Director, Communications & Marketing, [email protected] +44 (0)7928 529 257

About the International Fertilizer Association

The International Fertilizer Association (IFA) was founded in 1927 and is the only global fertilizer association, with over 480 members from 70 countries and a mission to promote the efficient and responsible production, distribution and use of plant nutrients. This mission plays a critical role in helping to feed the world sustainably.

IFA represents providers of plant nutrition solutions.

Members include fertilizer producers, traders and distributors, as well as their associations, service providers to the industry, research organizations, AgTech startups and non-governmental organizations.

Contact: Catrin Hahn agri benchmark Cash Crop Team e-Mail: [email protected]

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