Fertilizer is the future of food security

In a time when food insecurity is on the rise, fertilizer is needed to ensure crops produce maximum yields year after year.

The world population is growing.

Currently, the world’s population is estimated to grow by approximately 2 billion people by 2050. The general consensus is that global agriculture production will need to increase by about 60-70% in order to feed all these people. Right now, the most promising way to do that sustainably is to improve the yield of existing crops. That’s where fertilizer comes in.

The first essential component of social justice is adequate food for all mankind.

Norman Borlaug

Canadian nutrients are designed to increase food production, without increasing land use.

Fertilizer continues to help increase crop yields by providing customized blends tailored to exact soil conditions. This is both the most effective and sustainable solution to increase production.

Without fertilizer, food production would be cut in half.

Studies have shown that without fertilizer there is a significant decrease in crop yield. Examples of long term studies results include:

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Decline in wheat yield without fertilizer

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Decline in grain yield without fertilizer

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Decline in corn yield without fertilizer

4R SOLUTION PROJECT

FERTILIZER CANADA IS A PART OF THE 4R SOLUTION PROJECT — A CANADIAN APPROACH THAT WILL IMPROVE THE SOCIO-ECONOMIC WELL-BEING AND RESILIENCE OF 80,000 SMALLHOLDER FARMERS, PARTICULARLY WOMEN, IN ETHIOPIA, GHANA, AND SENEGAL.

The project, funded by Global Affairs Canada, aims to show how adopting more sustainable farming practices improves agricultural productivity and farm income. By incorporating 4R Nutrient Stewardship (Right Source @ Right Rate, Right Time, Right Place), into fertilizer use management while incorporating important gender and environmental resilience strategies we can increase food security, empower women, and reduce poverty for men, women, and children.

Fertilizer has the power to feed the world.

Canadian fertilizer can help achieve the UN’s goals to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture around the world.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #2

Zero Hunger – End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.

Before COVID-19 food insecurity was already on the rise. Evidence showed we were not going to hit zero hunger or the global nutrition target by 2050, but now things are expected to be even worse. In fact, we are likely to surpass 840 million people affected by hunger by 2030. It’s been suggested that the COVID-19 pandemic alone has added 83-132 million people to the total of undernourished people in 2020

SOME SPECIFIC TARGETS OF THIS GOAL ARE:

2.1

By 2030, end hunger and ensure access by all people (in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations) to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round

2.2

By 2030, end all forms of malnutrition, including achieving, by 2025, the internationally agreed targets on stunting and wasting in children under 5 years of age, and address the nutritional needs of adolescent girls, pregnant and lactating women and older persons

2.3

By 2030, double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, in particular women, Indigenous peoples, family farmers, pastoralists and fishers, including through secure and equal access to land, other productive resources and inputs, knowledge, financial services, markets and opportunities for value addition and non-farm employment

2.4

By 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality

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