Global Fertilizer Challenge Raises $135 million for Fertilizer Efficiency and Soil Health Measures to Combat Food Insecurity

MEDIA NOTE
OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON
NOVEMBER 12, 2022

Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Richard Duke and high-level partners from the United States, European Commission, Norway, Germany, and the Netherlands announced a total of $135 million in new funding for fertilizer efficiency and soil health programs to combat fertilizer shortages and food insecurity. This announcement exceeds President Biden’s Global Fertilizer Challenge goal, set at the June 17 Major Economies Forum, to raise $100 million dollars by COP27 to help low- and middle-income countries address the global fertilizer shortages caused, in part, by Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.

Deputy Special Envoy Duke was joined at the launch event by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, USAID Administrator Samantha Power, European Union Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski, Norwegian Minister Anne Beathe Tvinnereim, German State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth, Dutch Ambassador Marcel Beukeboom, African Union Commissioner Josefa Sacko, Colombia Vice Minister Villegas, and International Fertilizer Association CEO Alzbeta Klein. The $109 million in new public funding – including $25 million from the United States – will be used to expand fertilizer and soil health programs in sub-Saharan Africa and in key middle-income countries outside the continent. These coordinated investments are an important step for greater donor alignment and integration with the African Union-led Fertilizer and Soil Health Action Plan set to be endorsed at the June 2023 African Union Fertilizer and Soil Health Summit.

In addition to the $109 million in public funds, the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) is leveraging $4.5 million from the private sector to match a U.S. government grant to support the Efficient Fertilizer Consortium (https://foundationfar.org/news/ffar-launches-efficient-fertilizer-consortium/) and a group of philanthropic funders and investors have committed $21.5 million in aligned funding (https://www.climateworks.org/press-release/commitment-in-philanthropic-and-investor-aligned-funding-to-support-global-action-on-fertilizer) which will more broadly address fertilizer’s role in the climate, food security, and energy crises.

Source: US Department of State

First shipment of Russian fertilizer marks breakthrough in global supply crunch

ROME – The world needs concerted efforts to urgently address the global fertilizer market crunch in which farmers, especially smallholder farmers from the developing world, are priced out of production due to the high cost of inputs. We cannot allow global fertilizer accessibility problems to become a global food shortage. Reconnecting fertilizer markets is critical.

As part of the efforts by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to address global food insecurity through the full implementation of the two agreements signed on 22 July in Istanbul to ensure the unimpeded access to food and fertilizers from Ukraine and the Russian Federation, the World Food Programme (WFP) is facilitating the donation of 260,000 MT of fertilizer by the Russian fertilizer company Uralchem-Uralkali to countries in most need in Africa. WFP is grateful for the contributions and support from Uralchem-Uralkali.

This fertilizer is a critical agriculture input especially for farmers on the African continent where the close of the planting season is fast approaching. A lack of fertilizer during this planting season will have a detrimental effect on future yields, potentially worsening already dire hunger statistics on the continent.

At the request of the UN, the first shipment of 20,000 MT of NPK will be loaded onto a WFP-chartered vessel next week and will sail from the Netherlands the week of 21 November. The vessel will sail via Mozambique, with Malawi as the final destination. WFP thanks the Governments of Malawi and Mozambique, and the Government of the Netherlands, in close coordination with the European Union, for their willingness to enable this critical humanitarian effort for global food security.

WFP also thanks the Government of France for initiating the ‘Save Crops Operation’, which was launched on the margins of the 77th United Nations General Assembly in September, allowing several countries, international organizations, and the private sector, to effectively and quickly join efforts. The political support and financial commitment from the Government of France will enable the transportation of several shipments of fertilizer to West Africa in the coming weeks on WFP chartered vessels.

Source: World Food Programme