IFA Press Releases

 

24 May 2017 

 
IFA’s Annual Conference 2017 in Marrakech

Marrakech, Morocco, 24 May 2017 – Largest global annual meeting of the fertilizer industry zooms in on Africa, sustainable and productive agriculture and elects new Chairman.

 

31 March 2017 

 
Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilisers Ltd (RCF) - winner of the IFA 2017 Green Leaf Award

Paris, France, 31 March 2017 – The International Fertilizer Association (IFA) is pleased to announce Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilisers Ltd (RCF) as the winner of the IFA 2017 Green Leaf Award for Excellence in Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) in Fertilizer Production.

 

29 March 2017 

 
New Handbook Offers Soil Health Guidance for Farmers to Achieve Triple Win of Productivity, Resilience and Sustainability

Paris, France, 29 March 2017 – Experts publish best approaches for effective nutrient management in the face of climate change


IFA Press Releases 2016

 

19 October 2016 

 
FAO and the International Fertilizer Association to cooperate on sustainable soil and crop nutrition management

Rome, Italy, 19 October 2016 – A new agreement to broaden collaboration on research advocacy and data collection in support of sustainable plant nutrients and soil management.

 

13 October 2016 

 
“Global Fertilizer Day” Celebrates Fertilizers’ Contribution to Global Food Security and Nutrition

Paris, France, 13 October 2016 – Ahead of World Food Day, Here are 7 Ways the Fertilizer Sector is Making a Positive Impact Around the World.

 

7 July 2016 

 
Private sector in training initiative to improve access to fertilizers to boost food security and enterprise development among smallholder farmers

Limpopo, South Africa, 6 June 2016 – Smallholder farmers in Limpopo Province - South Africa's bread basket - are paradoxically confronted with the continuous challenges of raising their productivity to boost food security owing to limited access and low use of fertilizers, a neglected but critical input which can double yields within a single cropping season.

 

6 June 2016 

 
Global fertilizer industry reaffirms focus on balanced plant nutrition for long-term growth and sustainability
Moscow, Russia, 6 June 2016 – Over 1,300 major actors and key influencers of the fertilizer sector gathered for the Annual Meeting of the International Fertilizer Industry Association this week, to discuss the sector’s progress in delivering proper plant nutrition to drive ongoing agricultural productivity and environmental sustainability.

 

9 May 2016 

 
Professor Tekalign Mamo wins 2016 IFA Norman Borlaug Award
Paris, 9 May 2016 – Former Ethiopian State Minister of Agriculture recognised for decades-long commitment to improving soil health on the African continent.

 

21 March 2016 

 
Dr. Jawahery opens Global IFA Technical Symposium
Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) President and Chairman of the International Fertiliser Industry Association (IFA) Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery opened the Global IFA Technical Symposium, which took place in the Indian capital, New Delhi, from March 14 to 17.

 

3 March 2016 

 
IFA participe au petit-déjeuner débat de FARM !
Paris, 3 mars 2016 – IFA débattra sur le rôle des engrais minéraux dans une nutrition des plantes responsable lors du débat organisé par FARM.


IFA Press Releases 2015

 

15 October 2015 

 

Fertilizer industry representatives attend the UN Committee on World Food Security

Rome: 15 October 2015 – A fertilizer industry delegation led by Chairman Abdulrahman Jawahery and Director General Charlotte Hebebrand attended the 42nd session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in Rome this week.


 

25 September 2015 

 

The Sustainable Development Goals are adopted by the United Nations in an historic summit

New York, USA, 25 September 2015 – On behalf of the global fertilizer industry, IFA Chairman Abdulrahman Jawahery congratulates the world’s leaders for adopting the Sustainable Development Goals in New York today. “The SDGs adopted today - following many years of productive and inclusive dialogue- set an important roadmap for the entire international community to pursue sustainable development. This represents an impressive achievement, and the onus is now on all of us to roll up our sleeves and implement these ambitious but feasible goals.” The SDGs come into effect from 2016 and run to 2030.


 

15 July 2015 

 

IFA pledges support to the African Fertilizer Finance Mechanism to increase access to fertilizers for African smallholders

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 15 July 2015 – A fertilizer industry delegation led by IFA Director General Charlotte Hebebrand and including IFA Ambassador Tip O’Neill attended a week-long series of meetings in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia around the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, where they emphasized the importance of agriculture in achieving food security and poverty alleviation, and highlighted the need for smallholders to achieve better access to agricultural inputs. 


 

5 July 2015 

 

Leaders of the Kingdom of Bahrain congratulate Dr. Jawahery for being appointed as IFA Chairman

Bahrain, 5 July 2015 – Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, newly appointed Chairman of the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) and President of Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC), humbly accepted the formal congratulations on his appointment from the Leaders of the Kingdom of Bahrain, His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, His Royal Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Prime Minister, His Royal Highness Shaikh Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, Crown Prince and First Deputy Prime Minister. 


 

25 June 2015 IFA Chairman UN Secretary General 

 

IFA Chairman meets with United Nations Secretary General in New York and reiterates the fertilizer industry's commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals

New York, USA, 25 June 2015 – During a fertilizer industry outreach mission to the United Nations, IFA Chairman and Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) President, Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery was invited to meet the United Nation Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-Moon in a special meeting around the United Nations Global Compact 15th Anniversary. Dr. Jawahery was selected as the representative CEO for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region for this historical meeting including the President of Mauritius, Madam Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, the President of the General Assembly Mr. Kutesa and two other leading CEOs.


 

25 June 2015 

 

The global fertilizer industry participates in the last stretch of SDG negotiations and celebrates UN Global Compact’s 15th Anniversary

New York, USA, 25 June 2015 – A delegation representing the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) led by IFA Chairman and Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) President, Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery and including IFA Ambassador Tip O’Neill, CEO of International Raw Materials Ltd (IRM) was present in New York for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) negotiations and the United Nations Global Compact 15th Anniversary.


 

8 June 2015 

 

Jordanian Prime Minister receives IFA Chairman
Amman, Jordan, 8 June 2015 – H.E Prime Minister Dr. Abdullah Ensour received International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) Chairman, Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, on Monday 8th June 2015, Amman, Jordan.


 

27 May 2015 

 

IFA holds annual meeting in Istanbul, Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery elected as President
Istanbul, Turkey, 27 May 2015 – Dr. Abdulrahman A.Hussain Jawahery, President of Gulf Petrochemicals Industries Co, (GPIC) was elected today President of the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) during IFA’s Annual Conference in Istanbul. Dr. Jawahery succeeds Mrs. Esin Mete, CEO of Tekfen Holding's Agri Division and Chairwoman of Toros Agri Industry and Trade.


 

25 May 2015 

 

World renowned soil scientist emphasizes crucial role of plant nutrients for soil health at IFA 2015 Annual Conference 
Istanbul, Turkey, 25 May 2015 – To commemorate the International Year of Soils, world renowned soil scientist, Dr. Pedro Sanchez, the 2002 World Food Prize Laureate and Director of Agriculture and Food Security Center at The Earth Institute at Columbia University gave a commemorative lecture titled Fertilizers and Soil Health - Debunking the Myths, at IFA’s 83rd Annual Conference held in Istanbul on 25-27 May.


 

3 April 2015 

 

Yara Brunsbüttel wins the IFA 2015 Green Leaf Award for SHE excellence

Paris, France, 3 April 2015 - The International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) presented its 2015 Green Leaf Award  for safety, health and environment (SHE) excellence to Yara Brunsbüttel, Germany, at the Global Safety Summit in Vancouver, Canada, on March 24.

 

20 April 2015 

 

The fertilizer industry launches online platform of ideas for the International Year of Soils 
Berlin, Germany, 20 April 2015 - As part of its contribution to the International Year of Soils, the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) launched today at the Global Soils Week “Growing Smart Together,” an online platform that features a collage of video interviews of various stakeholders who share their ideas and views on topical agricultural issues. Keeping in line with the International Year of Soils, this year’s topic is soils and their role on our livelihood. 


 

20 March 2015 

 

Prof. Michael McLaughlin is the laureate of the 2015 IFA Norman Borlaug Award

Paris, France, 20 March 2015 - Prof. Michael McLaughlin is the 2015 IFA Norman Borlaug Award laureate. He was nominated by The Mosaic Company and was selected from ten other excellent contestants.

 

6 March 2015 

 
IWMI, IPNI, IPI and IFA release publication on Managing Water and Fertilizer for Sustainable Agricultural Intensification
Paris, France, 6 March 2015 - IFA, IWMI, IPNI and IPI jointly published a reference guide, Managing Water and Fertilizer for Sustainable Agricultural Intensification, to improve general understanding of the best management practices for the use of water and fertilizers throughout the world to enhance crop production, improve farm profitability and resource efficiency, and reduce environmental impacts related to crop production. Water and fertilizers are essential inputs for agricultural production. By optimizing their use and management jointly, farmers can achieve higher yields and better returns, while mitigating possible negative environmental impacts of their activity.

 

20 February 2015 

 
IFA and AFAP host session on smallholders’ access to fertilizer in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 20 February 2015 – The International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) and the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP), which strive to promote the importance of fertilizer access for African farmers as a means of bridging the current agricultural productivity gap on the continent, hosted a session on smallholders’ access to fertilizer at the recent Argus FMB Africa Fertilizer conference in the Ethiopian capital.


IFA Press Releases 2014

 

17 December 2014 

 

IFA Donations Support International Development Efforts 

Paris, France, 17 December 2014 Implementing IFA’s commitment to work through strategic partnerships, the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) has recently pledged donations to three important organizations and causes, namely, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to support the Ebola response task force, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to support the International Year of Soils, and the Non-Governmental Organization One Acre Fund to support access to fertilizers for smallholder farmers in Africa. Together these donations amount to 145,000€.

 

5 December 2014 

 

Global Compact Participants Champion Global Soil

New York, USA, 5 December 2014 On World Soil Day and on the launch of 2015 as the International Year of Soils (IYS), participants in the United Nations Global Compact, focused on the sustainability of global soils, declared their support to the International Year. Building on the Global Compact’s Food and Agriculture (FAB) Principles, companies that are signatories to the Global Compact worked with global soil experts to develop a guidance document, the Soil Principles, on how businesses in agriculture can support better soil management.

 

20 November 2014 

 

IFA and the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) Sign Strategic Memorandum of Understanding to Improve Fertilizer Markets in Africa

Marrakech, Morocco, 20 November 2014 – In efforts to improve Africa’s agricultural development and bridge the continent’s productivity gap, the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) and the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during the 2014 IFA Strategic Forum held in Marrakech, Morocco. 

 

28 October 2014 

 

New project launched to address micronutrient deficiencies in humans through crop fertilization

Paris, France, 28 October 2014 The International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) is pleased to announce continued support to the HarvestZinc Fertilizer Project, which will further explore how best to address micronutrient deficiencies in humans through crop fertilization practices in Brazil, China, India, Pakistan, Thailand, Turkey and South Africa in major staple food crops. 


 

16 October 2014 

 
FAO Director-General: Private sector plays a crucial role in fostering responsible investments Graziano da Silva addresses private sector representatives attending the CFS
Rome, Italy, 16 October 2014 – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, urged private sector representatives to contribute to the creation of conditions that ensure responsible investments in food production and agriculture.

 

25 September 2014 

 

Fertilizer Industry organizations join Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture

New York, USA, 25 September 2014 - The inaugural meeting of the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture was held today in New York to coincide with the United Nation’s Secretary General’s Climate Summit. The alliance was formed to help governments, farmers, scientists, business and civil society, as well as regional unions and international organizations, to improve agricultural practices, food systems and food policies to address climate change and promote the efficient use of natural resources.


 

3 September 2014 

 

New Campaign Promotes Access to Fertilizers for African Farmers

Joint Initiative Launched At African Green Revolution Forum

Addis Ababa, 3 September 2014 –A new campaign by the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA), the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) and six other agricultural development partner organizations aims to promote the importance of fertilizer access for African farmers as a means of bridging the current agricultural productivity gap on the continent.


 

24 March 2014 

 
Dr Xuhua Zhong is the 2014 IFA Norman Borlaug Award Laureate for his extension work on rice nutrient management in China
Paris, France, 24 March 2014 – Dr. Xuhua Zhong is the 2014 IFA Norman Borlaug Award laureate for excellence in crop nutrition knowledge transfer.  IFA is pleased to recognize Dr. Zhong’s exemplary extension work on nitrogen use efficiency. The recognition of his work is most relevant given the Chinese context in which nitrogen use efficiency improvements have come to the forefront of the sustainable development agenda.

IFA Press Releases 2013

 

5 July 2013 

 
Fertilizing crops to address malnutrition
Paris, France - 5 July 2013 – At the recent G8 landmark “Hunger Summit” world leaders recognized the key role nutrition plays in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and pledged $4 billion to end malnutrition, targeting in particular stunting as it affects 165 million children in developing countries. One of the five goals of the Zero Hunger Challenge is also the eradication of stunting. In addition, the growing concerns about macro and micro nutrient deficiencies in food have been addressed by the updated Lancet report on maternal and child nutrition, published at the beginning of June. It highlights the imperative need for better nutrient data at national level in order to devise a global approach targeting hidden hunger hotspots. IFA applauds this focus on malnutrition, considering that traditionally, food security concerns have been exclusively focused on availability of food. IFA also advocates for an emphasis on eradicating hunger and malnutrition in the new post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.

 

22 May 2013 

 
IFA Holds Annual Meeting in Chicago Ms Esin Mete Elected as President
Chicago, USA - 22 May 2013 – Ms. Esin Mete, CEO of Tekfen Holding’s Agri-Division and Chairwoman of Toros Agri-Industry Group, was elected today President of the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) during IFA’s Annual Conference in Chicago. Ms. Mete succeeds Mr. William J. Doyle, President and CEO of Potash Corp.

 

12 April 2013 

 
Leading by example – the global fertilizer industry promotes Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) management excellence
Santiago, Chili - 12 April 2013 – The International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) and its member company Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile S.A (SQM) held the 2013 global Fertilizer Safety Summit & Technical Symposium in Santiago, Chile from 8-11 April. 150 participants from 20 countries discussed responsible fertilizer production and best practices in the areas of Safety, Health and the Environment (SHE).

 

2 April 2013 

 
2013 IFA Norman Borlaug Award Laureate - for excellence in crop nutrition research
Paris, France - 2 April 2013 – Dr. Abdul Rashid of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences, Islamabad, is the 2013 laureate of the IFA Norman Borlaug Award. He is the 21st recipient of the award. Dr. Rashid was nominated by Mr. Muhammad Asif Ali of Engro Fertilizers Limited of Pakistan.

IFA Press Releases 2012

 

20 November 2012 

 
Fertilizers help crops grow but can also contribute to improved health - IFA/IPNI release scientific review
Paris, France - 20 November 2012 – The International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) and the International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) have collaborated to produce a new publication titled Fertilizing Crops to Improve Human Health: A Scientific Review. This publication demonstrates the opportunity to leverage fertilizer towards improving the nutrition and health of many vulnerable people around the world, in particular by providing the essential micronutrients and other beneficial compounds that are desperately needed for a healthy life.

 

13 June 2012 

 
Firm demand and project delays keep fertilizer markets tight
Paris, France - 13 June 2012 – The International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) released to the public today its Medium-Term Fertilizer Outlook 2012-2016. This report shows that demand for fertilizer is steadily increasing in response to supportive agricultural market fundamentals, while expansion of supply is still delayed because of schedule slippages for about half of projects.

 

24 May 2012 

 
International Fertilizer Industry Association appoints new Director General 
Doha, Qatar - 24 May 2012 – The Council of the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) approved today the appointment of Ms. Charlotte Hebebrand as its new Director General. Ms. Hebebrand will replace Mr. Luc Maene, IFA’s current Director General, upon his retirement on 31 December 2012. She will be the first woman to hold this position.

 

15 May 2012 

 
Global Fertilizer Industry Launches New Online Campaign Ahead of G8 Summit 
Paris, France - 15 May 2012 – “Roots for Growth” Campaign Highlights Fertilizer’s Key Role in Agricultural ProductionThe global fertilizer industry has launched a new online campaign called “Roots for Growth”, highlighting the important role which fertilizers play in addressing global food security responsibly, efficiently and sustainably.

 

20 April 2012 

 
Greta Gabinete and Rikin Gandhi receive the IFA Norman Borlaug Award
Paris, France - 20 April 2012 – The 2012 IFA Norman Borlaug Award will recognize two laureates for their outstanding work in providing extension services to farmers, Dr Greta Gabinete of the Philippines, the second woman in the history of the award and Mr Rikin Gandhi of India.

 

5 January 2012 

 
Steady rise in fertilizer consumption expected in 2012
Paris, France - 5 January 2012 – The International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) has just released its short-term Fertilizer Outlook 2012-2013 to the public. The report shows that the fertilizer sector has now fully recuperated from the setback of 2008/09 and is maintaining a steady stream of investment in new capacity, capitalizing on the positive forecasts of a 3 per cent increase in consumption worldwide for the main nutrients – nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) – in 2012.