Benefits of IFA membership.
Networks and Expertise.
Range of IFA services.
1. Statistics and Market Intelligence.
- Detailed statistics about the fertilizer market, with 15 years of global capacity, production and trade data, almost 70 years of plant nutrient consumption data and a selection of country profiles and factsheets.
- Reports on medium-term and short-term supply and demand outlooks.
- Long-term fertilizer demand scenarios to 2050.
- Unique database on Global Nutrient Use Efficiency.
- Fertilizer Use by Crop database – the only one of its kind.
- Assessment of the global market for special products.
- Insights from monitoring and tracking developments affecting the future of fertilizer markets.
2. Business Networking.
- Global Sustainability Conference
- Smart & Green Conference (on plant nutrition technologies and innovation)
- Global Markets Conference
- Crossroads Asia-Pacific Conference
- Strategic Forum / High-Level Forum on Sustainable Plant Nutrition
3. Stewardship and Sustainability
- developing tools,
- sharing knowledge,
- providing guidance,
- recognizing leaders.
IFA has a long tradition of developing performance enhancing tools for its membership. These include fertilizer production benchmarks for safety, emissions, and energy efficiency and Protect & Sustain, the de facto product stewardship standard for the fertilizer industry.
More recently, IFA has partnered with the International Energy Agency to develop an Ammonia Technology Roadmap to lay the low carbon pathway for reaching net zero in production by 2050. In addition, IFA has partnered with sustainability consultants SystemIQ to produce a report on Reducing the Emissions from Fertilizer Use.
The Sustainable Fertilizer Academy (SFA) which IFA launched in 2021 provides a unique e-learning experience for everyone to learn about sustainability – from sourcing to production to use of fertilizers on the farm.
Best sustainability practices in the fertilizer industry are also a regular feature of IFA conferences, stakeholder events (UN COP, Biodiversity COP, etc.) webinars and social media campaigns.
Providing guidance is one of IFA’s strongest skills. Examples for sustainability are our Biodiversity Working Group and our Sustainable Metrics and ESG Working Group, and for circular economy, our Phosphogypsum Use Working Group. Created in 2013, this large member network has significantly helped the phosphate industry to position this by-product as inventory rather than as waste.
IFA regularly recognizes leaders in fertilizer production to inspire other members:
- Industry Stewardship Champions: a gold medal to recognize the Sustainability leaders in our industry.
- Green Leaf Awards: two trophies are presented for safety, health, and environment excellence in fertilizer production – one for the best phosphate or potash mining operation and another for the best nitrogen production.
4. International Engagement and Strategic Communication.
- Working with members to ensure the industry’s voice and perspective are represented in policy debates during the meetings of the United Nations, as well as other international agricultural, environmental, scientific and policy arenas.
- Supporting programs to develop and disseminate best management practices for the production and use of fertilizers, including recovery and recycling of nutrients.
5. IFA Science Program.
- The Scientific Panel on Responsible Plant Nutrition, which aims to provide science-based knowledge on responsible plant nutrition to industry and other stakeholders involved in food and agriculture.
- Scientific advice, review and analysis of critical issues and developments for the fertilizer industry.
- Research into crop nutrient gaps and nutrient requirements in Africa.
- The Consortium for Precision Crop Nutrition, which involves 30 organizations including the African Plant Nutrition Institute and nine IFA member companies.
Join IFA – membership is valuable.
Membership at IFA is open to any organization interested in plant nutrition. IFA has four different categories of members:
Fertilizer producers and large traders with dedicated fertilizer assets.
Traders, distributors, dealers and other entities which transact business in fertilizers. Service providers to the fertilizer industry. Projects under development. Non-fertilizer manufacturers and organizations. Entities in businesses covering biostimulants, organic fertilizers, nutrient recovery and recycling or precision agriculture. Businesses in the agri-food value chain with indirect interest in plant nutrition.
Not-for-profit governmental or intergovernmental organizations.
Retired senior executives of any entity member of IFA.