IFA, GACSA and the WFO partner to deliver user-friendly guide to nutrient management


Marrakesh, Morocco, 9 November 2016 – New Handbook contains easy-to-use recommendations for farmers and practitioners!

On 9 November 2016, during a unique side-event dedicated to farmers at the COP22 in Marrakesh, IFA and its partners GACSA (the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture) and WFO (the World Farmers’ Organisation) announced the launch of their new Nutrient Management Handbook, already available for download!

The handbook is designed as a practical guide for farmers, practitioners and policy-makers on nutrient management. Readers will find useful and straightforward information on how fertilizers contribute to plant growth, and how to manage nutrients in a way tailored to crops needs, and local soil and climate conditions.

Patrick Heffer, Senior Director of IFA’s Agriculture Service and key contributor to the handbook, explains: “The objective of our three organisations is to promote Sustainable Development Goal 2 “No Hunger” and climate-smart agriculture. This joint effort will enable us to draw the attention of farm groups around the world to the importance of adopting site- and crop-specific best management practices, which in turn will help achieve the global goals to end hunger and achieve food security and improved nutrition while simultaneously reducing the deforestation rate and nutrient losses to the environment.”

COP22’s Farmers’ Day was therefore the perfect time and place to launch the Handbook, allowing IFA and WFO to present its key messages during their side-event; namely: the premises of climate-smart agriculture (increasing agricultural productivity in a sustainable way, while adapting to and mitigating the effects of climate change); the principles of integrated soil fertility management (i.e. combining organic and mineral nutrient sources with appropriate crop and soil management practices) and the “4Rs” of Nutrient Stewardship (applying the right nutrient source, at the right rate, at the right time, in the right place)!

“We are delighted with the release of the Nutrient Management Handbook! Through it, we want to assist farmers in their invaluable work of feeding the global population, while improving and safeguarding soil health in a changing climate” commented IFA Director-General Charlotte Hebebrand.

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Notes to editors

The International Fertilizer Association (IFA) is the only global fertilizer association with a membership of more than 500 entities, encompassing all actors in the fertilizer value chain: producers, traders, distributors, service providers, advisors, research organizations and NGOs. IFA promotes the industry’s engagement in sustainable agricultural practices and the efficient and responsible production, distribution and use of plant nutrients to advance global food security and sustainable development goals.