Global fertilizer industry urging G8 to focus on agriculture

15 May 2012 15:54  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--A global coalition of fertilizer industry groups on Tuesday said it is looking to increase the awareness of world agriculture and nutrition among G8 leaders when they meet in Camp David, Virginia on 18-19 May.

To increase awareness, a coalition of fertilizer associations has launched a new online campaign called “Roots for Growth”, highlighting the role that fertilizers play in addressing global food security responsibly, efficiently and sustainably.

Members of the coalition include the Brazilian industry association (called Associação Nacional para Difusão de Adubos, or ANDA), Canadian Fertilizer Institute (CFI), Fertilizers Europe, International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) and The Fertilizer Institute (TFI). 

In 2009, G8 leaders pledged to spend $22bn (€17bn) on agriculture and rural development at the L’Aquila G8 summit.

With funding due to expire this year, there is an urgent need for leaders to agree to a new and improved commitment, the coalition said.

The campaign includes an array of new online materials, aimed at informing policy debates and encouraging dialogue.

“This campaign aims to raise awareness and dialogue around fertilizer’s role in supporting global food security and sustainable agricultural production," said Ford West, the president of TFI.

Roger Larson, the president of the CFI said, “G8 leaders are right to prioritise food and nutrition security, but they must focus more energy on enabling farmers in every corner of the world to share in the benefits of modern, intensive agriculture. Farmers must be at the centre of these discussions if we are to meet the world’s most pressing sustainable development challenges.”

"As the Roots for Growth campaign highlights, food grown with fertilizers is already nourishing billions of people and helping to improve their diets every year, but there is still more work to do," said Luc Maene, director general of the IFA.

($1 = €0.78)

By: Frank Zaworski
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