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  DECEMBER 2018 
IFA2030 Special Edition Message from Rakesh Kapur and Charlotte Hebebrand

The IFA2030 scenarios, which depict plausible alternative futures, captures the diverse, rich and valuable input we have received over the past year from so many IFA members and distinguished experts from outside the industry.

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Innovation

Disruptive AgTech: 10 Upcoming Innovations in Plant Nutrition

With strong innovation in agricultural production envisaged in two of the four IFA2030 scenarios, what kind of developments could we expect for plant nutrition? A new wave of fertilizer-focused AgTech startups may point the way. From nitrogen fixation for all crops to breakthrough sensors, these technologies could soon be disrupting plant nutrition. Here are just a few examples of AgTech companies innovating in the plant nutrition solutions space.

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Video: Detecting Plant Deficiencies Earlier With Hyperspectral Imaging

A look at how hyperspectral imaging will be able to help farmers detect plant stresses, nutrient deficiencies and diseases.

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Around the World

The Next Green Revolution? Unlocking Sub-Saharan Africa’s Agricultural Potential Through Fertilizer

Despite a promised agricultural revolution in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), productivity unfortunately remains low in the region. Maize output, for example, is around a sixth of the US despite a similar amount of land being used. A renewed focus on the region from many fertilizer companies, featuring a combination of last mile delivery, production and distribution projects, looks set to improve the situation considerably in the coming years however.

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Video: Why Bill Gates Loves Fertilizer (And Its Potential in Africa)

During a trip to Tanzania, Bill Gates visited the Yara fertilizer plant in Dar es Salaam to learn how fertilizer is changing to better serve smallholder farmers.

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Environment & Sustainability

2030: Moving Towards Green Ammonia

Ammonia production is one of the great accomplishments in human history. Over the last hundred years, technology improvements have radically increased the energy efficiency of the Haber-Bosch process for ammonia production, making nitrogen fertilizers affordable and universal. Green ammonia, which is produced entirely from sustainable, carbon-neutral inputs, like biomass or renewable electricity, is now in development in academic institutions and R&D centers around the world.

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Video: Renewable Ammonia Could Power the Globe

How renewable power such as solar and wind can be used for making ammonia and Nitrogen-based fertilizers and its potential to store energy.

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Impact Makers

Professor Weifeng Zhang Wins the IFA Norman Borlaug Award for Breakthroughs in Agricultural Efficiency

China has seen a remarkable agricultural evolution over the last four decades with 155 million people saved from hunger and malnutrition since 1990. Recently, China has also placed a key focus on agricultural efficiency and sustainability. The winner of this year’s IFA Norman Borlaug Award, Professor Weifeng Zhang, has played a pioneering role in highlighting and improving farm efficiencies and agricultural productivity in China, helping to the feed the country’s growing population while reducing the environmental impact from more intensive farming.

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China's Science and Technology Backyard Program

Scientists and students in China are living in villages to help smallholder farmers do research in their fields, improve resource use efficiency in farming and promote higher yields.

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