Presenting the Findings of the Inaugural High Level Forum
Discover more about the key messages, outcomes, and recommendations of IFA’s trailblazing meeting in the inspiring Forum report.
In the opening session David Nabarro of 4SD, 2018 World Food Prize laureate and Conference Chair, Mostafa Terrab, Chairman of OCP and IFA Chairperson and His Excellency Hailemariam Desalegn, AGRA Chairperson and former Prime Minister of Ethiopia introduced the conference.
Discussions included the vital role of plant nutrition in feeding the world and repairing global food systems, the need for the fertilizer industry to engage in transparent dialogue and embrace inclusiveness and the need for balanced nutrient management in sub-Saharan Africa where fertilizer application levels are still far below recommended levels:
Our Food System is in Need of Repair
David Nabarro, 4SD, 2018 World Food Prize Laureate and Conference Chair
Introduction and Key IFA2030 Outcomes
Mostafa Terrab, Chairman OCP, IFA Chairperson
Healthier diets for a more sustainable planet – What role for plant nutrition?
Setting the Scene
Moderated by David Nabarro, the panel featured Bruce Campbell, Director of CCAFS, Theo De Jager, President of the World Farmers' Organization, Diane Holdorf, MD of Food & Nature at the WBCSD, Howarth Bouis, Director of Harvest Plus and the 2016 World Food Prize Laureate, and Svein Tore Holsether, CEO of Yara as participants
The session covered de-risking smallholder famers, reducing emissions through diets, embracing science sustainable climate change solutions, what it really means to transform food systems, the opportunity for foliar micronutrient applications to improve mineral deficiencies and the environmental costs of agriculture outweighing its value, and more:
Plant Nutrition in Changing Food Systems under Climate Change
Bruce Campbell, Director of CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)
Adressing Micronutrient Deficiencies Through Agronomic Biofortification
Howarth Bouis, Harvest Plus, 2016 World Food Prize Laureate
Science & Extension – What do we know and what do we not yet know?
Moderated by Marco Ferroni, Chair of the CGIAR System Management Board, this session featured Achim Dobermann, Chief Executive of Rothamsted Research (and incoming IFA Chief Scientist), Martin Kropff, Director General of CIMMYT, Matthew Morell, Director General of IRRI and Tom Bruulsema, Chairperson of IFA’s International Scientific Panel on Sustainable Plant Nutrition.
Accelerating Science and Innovation for Responsible Plant Nutrition
Achim Dobermann, Chief Executive, Rothamsted Research
Plant Nutrition and Sustainable Agriculture Intensification - Science-based Solutions
Martin Kropff, Director General, CIMMYT
Multifactorial Considerations in Optimizing Rice Crop Nutrition
Matthew Morell, Director General; IRRI
Science & Extension. What do we Know and yet not Know ?
Tom Bruulsema, Chairperson, International Scientific Panel on Sustainable Plant Nutrition, IPNI Canada
Policies and incentives to promote access to fertilizers and more effective application thereof
Moderated by IFA Director General Charlotte Hebebrand, this session featured His Excellency Hailemariam Desalegn, Jacqueline Alvarez, Senior Programme Officer, Chemicals and Health Branch at UNEP, Hans Dreyer, Head of the FAO Plant Production and Protection Division, David Kanter, Vice Chair of the International Nitrogen Initiative, Sameer Goel, MD of Coromandel International and Oliver Hatfield, VP of Business Development at Argus Media.
Policies and Incentives to Promote Access to Fertilizers and more Effective Application
Jacqueline Alvarez, Head, Knowledge and Risk Unit, Chemicals and Health Branch, Economy Division, UN Environment
The International Code of Conduct for the Sustainable Use and Management of Fertilizers
Hans Dreyer, Head of FAO Plant Production and Protection Division
Governing Nutrient Pollution Beyond Farmers
David Kanter, New York University and Vice Chair of the International Nitrogen Initiative
Coromandel: Promoting Sustainable Agriculture
Sameer Goel, Managing Director, Coromandel International Limited
China's Efforts to Improve Sustainability
Oliver Hatfield, VP Business Development
Resource use and impacts
Moderated by Patrick Heffer, Senior Director of IFA’s Agriculture Service, this session featured Janez Potocnik, Co-Chair of the International Resource Panel, Laurent Auguste, Sr EVP of Development, Innovation & Markets at Veolia, David Cleary, Global Agriculture Director of The Nature Conservancy, Lena Schulte-Uebbing, PhD Researcher at Wageningen University & Research and Raviv Zoller, CEO of ICL.
Resource Constraints and Management Considerations for Industries
Janez Potocnik, Co-Chair of the International Resource Panel
From Challenges to Major Environmental, Social and Business Opportunities
Laurent Auguste, Senior Executive Vice President, Development, Innovation & Markets, Veolia
Soils and Water
David Cleary, Global Agriculture Director, The Nature Conservancy
Needed Improvements in Nitrogen Use Efficiency to Achieve Environmental Quality Objectives; the EU case
Lena Schulte-Uebbing, PhD Researcher, Wageningen University & Research
Sustainable Fertilization and Resources Management in ICL
Raviv Zoller, CEO, ICL
Technology & innovation
Moderated by Valérie Renard, Sales & Marketing Director at Prayon, this session featured Holger Kray, Practice Manager, Agriculture and Food Security at the World Bank, Julia Harnal, VP of Global Sustainability & Governmental Affairs, Agricultural Solutions at BASF, Charlotte Gabriel-Robez, Agriculture Portfolio Manager at Airbus and Chuck Magro, CEO of Nutrien.
Innovation in Soil Fertility Management
Holger Kray, Practice Manager, Agriculture & Food Security, World Bank
Sustainable Plant Nutrition at BASF
Julia Harnal, Vice President Global Sustainability & Governmental Affairs Agricultural Solutions, BASF
Satellite Imagery Serving Agriculture
Charlotte Gabriel-Robez, Agriculture Portfolio Manager, Airbus
Nutrien Feeding the Future
Chuck Magro, CEO, Nutrien
Wrap up, discussion and recommendations
Moderated by David Nabarro, the forum’s final session featured Theo De Jager, Achim Dobermann, Mostafa Terrab and Albin Hubscher, President of IFDC.
Observations included the need for innovation in food systems which are under unprecedent pressure, the need for science-based solutions and high-quality data driven by new partnerships, the still significant yield gaps in many areas and how business models should evolve from product centric perspectives to providing solutions for farmers: