Our new generation fertilizers in the spotlight at major UN meeting

25 April 2019


Our new generation fertilizers in the spotlight at major UN meeting

The link between our fertilizers, transformative changes in agriculture and improved human nutrition was the focus of attention for one part of the recent UN Science-Policy-Business Forum on the Environment at the UN Headquarters in Kenya. 

Fertilizers for ‘Healthy Food for a Healthy Planet’

Organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) the International Fertilizer Association (IFA), the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the UN Standing Committee on Nutrition, the special event “Healthy Food for a Healthy Planet” explored the responsibility of businesses and policymakers to bring about transformative change in agriculture and human nutrition.

Dr. Lilian Wanjiru Mbuthia, ICL Agronomist (Kenya) and International Potash Institute (IPI) Coordinator for SSA/Eastern Africa, represented IFA at this event and presented exciting innovations including the next generation of fertilizers from ICL, including Controlled Release Fertilizers and the premium ICL FertilizerpluS products (including Polysulphate, PKpluS and PotashpluS).

Increasing nutrient efficiency: better soil health and less pollution

Tackling soil health was the theme of another event. This was “Innovative Actions Towards a Pollution Free-Planet: Implementing the UNEA-3 Resolution on Soil Pollution”. Organized by IFA, UNEP, the World Health Organization and CropLife, the event on 12 March 2019 discussed innovative ways to address soil pollution and identify effective ways to sustainably scale up these actions. Dr. Lilian Wanjiru Mbuthia gave a presentation on "The new fertilizer generation for increased nutrient efficiency".

ICL – as part of the IFA delegation – was pleased to actively engage in the lead up to the fourth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-4) Nairobi. It emphasizes our industry’s commitment to reducing the environmental footprint of fertilizers while helping to close agricultural yield gaps and improve food security.