IFA Signs Agreement with FAO to Promote Sustainable Fertilizer Use, Share Knowledge and Collaborate on Statistics

IFA today signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the FAO to outline collaboration to further their shared goals and objectives with regard to the promotion of sustainable food and agriculture.

During a live virtual ceremony, the MoU was signed by FAO Deputy Director-General, Beth Bechdol, and IFA Chair, Svein Tore Holsether. In addition, Alzbeta Klein, IFA Director-General, Alexander Jones, Director of FAO Resource Mobilization and Private Sector Partnerships, and Jingyuan Xia, Director of FAO Plant Production and Protection Division, also spoke at the event.

Under the agreement, IFA and FAO will work together to raise awareness about the the International Code of Conduct for the Sustainable Use and Management of Fertilizers (Fertilizer Code), promote education and knowledge transfer and continue their successful collaboration on fertilizer statistics.

The agreement follows on from a previous MoU between IFA and FAO dated October 2016 and is the latest chapter in a long and productive history of cooperation between the two organizations that dates back to the 1960s.

Sustainable plant nutrition is a key focus for the fertilizer industry which is dedicated to helping implement better management practices on a global level. The FAO’s International Code of Conduct for the Sustainable Use and Management of Fertilizers is an important tool to achieve this.

IFA and FAO developed a workplan which includes education and knowledge transfer through joint seminars, webinars and scientific exchanges, among many other activities and to continue ongoing cooperation on global fertilizer statistics.

Read more about the ceremony and agreement in the official joint press release here.