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APRIL 2020 
Coronavirus Fertilizer Production Disruptions and Support Measures: Lessons Learned from China

Maintaining access to fertilizers is crucially important for assuring that farmers will be able to produce enough crops in the coming seasons. While it is too early to assess the extent of the impact of COVID-19 on the fertilizer supply chain globally, we can get some preliminary insights by looking into what has happened in China in terms of both disruptions and support measures put in place.

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The Vital Role of Micronutrient Fertilizers for Improving Plant and Human Health 

A large part of the world’s population is currently not getting enough nutrients in their diet, making them more susceptible to disease. With these numbers likely to increase significantly as a direct result of the current COVID-19 crisis, it is clearly now more important than ever to ensure that the world is properly fed. IFA’s newly published backgrounder is a timely reminder of how important micronutrients are for fighting against malnutrition and boosting crop yields and quality. 

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Government Measures to Safeguard Fertilizers and Support Agriculture in the Face of COVID-19

As the world enters a crucial period of agricultural production amid ongoing disruptions, governments are moving to prioritize agricultural production and support farmers. In addition to various financial support initiatives for farmers, 17 countries, representing around 60% of global fertilizer consumption, have so far recognized fertilizers as an "essential" product or industry to ensure that the fertilizer supply-chain can continue to work.

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CFS Alerts on the Serious Long-Term Impacts of the Pandemic on Global Food Security

On March 24th, the Committee on Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) published a paper looking at the potentially extremely serious impact of COVID-19 on food security and nutrition. From negative effects on global food availability and prices, the poor being hit the hardest, and the need for agricultural inputs and workers to circulate, here's a look at some of their key insights.

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