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Nutrient Stewardship

4Rs Around the World: The 4R Solution

“In fact, Africa’s smallholders are more than capable of feeding the continent—so long as they boost their yields by using the latest agronomic practices in combination with appropriately adapted seeds and fertilizer.”

Kofi Annan
“Food and the Transformation of Africa; Getting Smallholders Connected”; Foreign Affairs February 2016

The principles underpinning the 4R Nutrient Stewardship framework can be applied in any geographical location and farming system. Cost-effective and environmentally responsible soil management and enhancement is crucial to increasing food production and sustainability for small-holder farmers and large-scale farms.

To fertilize properly and achieve the benefits of an abundant and healthy crop, professionals should follow 4R Nutrient Stewardship of fertilizer use: Right Source @ Right Rate, Right Time, Right Place ®. In the individual settings, the ‘right’ actions may differ, but the flexibility of the 4R Nutrient Stewardship framework allows adaptation to local needs and conditions.

Farmers implementing 4R Nutrient Stewardship set out goals and indicators to measure progress. This allows for ongoing monitoring of the farms’ performance and enables reporting if necessary. The goals and indicators can be changed to respond to specific objectives and concerns and to adapt to local situations. Fertilizer Canada offers online training for those interested in becoming 4R Designated and learning how implementing 4R Nutrient Stewardship can help you and your customers maximize on-farm benefits.