The world needs a concerted effort to urgently respond to the crisis in the global fertilizer market in which farmers, especially smallholder farmers in the developing world, are being excluded from production due to the high cost of inputs. We cannot allow global fertilizer accessibility problems to turn into global food shortages. Reconnecting fertilizer markets is essential.
As part of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ efforts to address global food insecurity through the full implementation of the two agreements signed on 22 July in Istanbul to ensure unhindered access to food and fertilizer from Ukraine and the Russian Federation, the world The Food Program (WFP) facilitates the donation of 260,000 tons of fertilizer by the Russian fertilizer company Uralchem-Uralkali to the countries most in need in Africa. WFP is grateful for Uralchem-Uralkali’s contributions and support.
This fertilizer is an essential agricultural input, especially for farmers on the African continent where the end 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 the continent’s already dire hunger statistics.
At the request of the UN, the first shipment of 20,000 tons of NPK will be loaded onto a ship chartered by the WFP next week and will leave the Netherlands the week of 21 November. The ship will pass through Mozambique, with Malawi as its final destination. WFP thanks the governments of Malawi and Mozambique, as well as the government of the Netherlands, in close coordination with the European Union, for their willingness to enable this essential humanitarian effort for global food security.
WFP is also grateful to the French government for initiating “Operation Save Crops”, which was launched on the sidelines of the 77th United Nations General Assembly in September, enabling several countries, international organizations and the private sector, to combine their efforts effectively and quickly. . The political support and financial commitment of the French government will allow the transport of several shipments of fertilizers to West Africa in the coming weeks on ships chartered by the WFP.
Distributed by APO Group for the World Food Program (WFP).
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