What is nutrient stewardship?

Nutrient stewardship refers to the efficient and effective planning and management of plant nutrients; in a manner that improves the social, economic and environmental performance of mineral and organic fertilizers.

Nutrient stewardship is implemented for instance through site-and crop-specific implementation of scientific management principles related to source, rate, timing and placement.

Read our recent publications on nutrient stewardship publications:


Fertilizers and their Efficient Use


Nutrient Management Handbook


IFA and the World Farmers Organization (WFO), in cooperation with The Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture (GACSA), have published a new handbook on the best ways to effectively manage nutrients on farms. The Nutrient Management Handbook is a 25-page manual to help farmers achieve the triple win of boosting productivity, achieving higher resilience and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The handbook answers critical questions such as:
  • Which nutrients are essential for plant growth?
  • What are the challenges of nutrient management, and how can they be tackled?
  • How does water interact with plant nutrients?
  • How can I use fertilizer in a way that will make my farm “climate-smart”?



Best management practices (BMPs) for farmers and effective nutrient stewardship guiding principles are outlined as central themes throughout the book. You can download the Handbook and its promotional materials today, and help us spread the word about its messages!


  Help us spread the word about the Handbook by using and sharing our promotional tools:
 
  • Find the Nutrient Management Handbook here;
  • Download our video here;
  • Dowload the Nutrient Management Handbook flyer here;
  • Download its web banners and flat graphics here;
  • Select your tweets and Facebook and LinkedIn updates here;
Join us also for our webinar on April 20, 3PM CET: we will present the findings of the handbook, and will offer you the opportunity to interact with experts and fellow farmers about the best management practices presented in the handbook!


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Nutrient cycle

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Planetary Boundaries: Concept and Boundaries for Nitrogen and Phosphorus - Read More ... Vries, W. de2015MemberDownload
Evolution of Nutrient Recycling - Case Study from Indonesia - Read More ... Nyakman, H.2014MemberDownload
Pre-Assessment of the African Nitrogen Cycle: A Summary - Read More ... Bekunda, M.2012PublicDownload
Sulphur and Sustainable Agriculture - Read More ... Till, A.R.2010PublicDownload
Sulphur and Sustainable Agriculture - Read More ... Till, A.R.2010PublicOrder

4Rs

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Optimizing Plant Nutrition to Promote Soil Health - Read More ... Roberts, T.L.2016MemberDownload
Fertilizers and their Efficient Use - Read More ... Reetz, H.F.2016PublicOrder
Fertilizers and their Efficient Use - Read More ... Reetz, H.F.2016PublicDownload
The Role of Fertilizers in Climate Smart Agriculture - Read More ... IFA2016PublicDownload
4R Nutrient Management for Emission Reduction and Increased Productivity - Read More ...  2016 Download

FBMPs

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Nutrient Management Handbook - Read More ... WFO, IFA, GACSA2016PublicDownload
Optimizing Plant Nutrition to Promote Soil Health - Read More ... Roberts, T.L.2016MemberDownload
Fertilizers and their Efficient Use - Read More ... Reetz, H.F.2016PublicOrder
Fertilizers and their Efficient Use - Read More ... Reetz, H.F.2016PublicDownload
United Nations Global Compact Principles for Sustainable Soil Management - Read More ... Lambe, C.P.2016MemberDownload