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

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IFA actively promotes nutrient stewardship programmes and fertilizer best management practices


Fertilizer best management practices (FBMPs) are agricultural production techniques and practices developed through scientific researches and verified and continuously adapted in the fields to maximize economic, social and environmental benefits.

They are aimed at managing the flow of nutrients in the course of producing affordable and healthy food in a sustainable manner that protects the environment and conserves natural resources at the same time profitable to farmers.

Through FBMPs, the benefits derived from fertilizers are maximized while the losses and negative effects of over/under/or misuse of fertilizers are minimized.

Some examples of FBMPs include:
  • Balanced fertilization, i.e. giving the proper supply of all macronutrients and micronutrients in a balanced ration throughout the growth of crops;
  • Site-specific nutrient management (SSNM), i.e. supplying plants with nutrients to optimally match their inherent spatial and temporal needs for nutrients
  • Microdosing
  • Fertigation
FBMPs should result in improved productivity, profitability and nutrient use efficiency and depends upon farmers having access to the knowledge required to improve management and to a timely supply of quality products.



To learn more about FBMPs, read IFA’s book “Fertilizer Best Management Practices: General Principles Strategy for their Adoption and Voluntary Initiatives vs Regulations”, which you can access through our Library.

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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