The International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) is a trade association representing the global fertilizer industry. IFA member companies represent all activities related to the production and distribution of every type of fertilizer, their raw materials and intermediates. IFA’s membership also includes organizations involved in agronomic research and training. IFA has some 540 members in about 86 countries. The global fertilizer industry produces some 170 million tons of fertilizer nutrients annually. These are used in every corner of the globe to support sustainable agricultural production and food security
The efficient and responsible production, distribution and use of plant nutrients play a vital role in achieving global food security and sustainable development.
As the only international association for the global fertilizer industry, IFA promotes the industry through its research and outreach initiatives.
- Statistics & market intelligence
- Business networking
- International engagement
- Benchmarking & best practices
Fertilizers are any solid, liquid or gaseous substances containing one or more plant nutrients.
They are either applied to the soil, directly on the plant (foliage) or added to aqueous solutions, in order to maintain soil fertility, improve crop development, yield and/or crop quality.
The purpose of fertilizers are to supplement the natural supply of soil nutrient, build up soil fertility in order to satisfy the demand of crops with a high yield potential and to compensate for the nutrients taken by harvested products or lost by unavoidable leakages to the environment, in order to maintain good soil conditions for cropping.
Manufactured fertilizers are classified according to different criteria as follows:
Number of nutrients
- single-nutrient or straight fertilizers (whether for macro or micronutrients);
- multi-nutrient/compound (multiple nutrients) fertilizers, with 2, 3 or more nutrients.
Type of combination
- mixed fertilizers or ‘bulk-blends’ are physical mixtures of two or more single-nutrient or multi-nutrient fertilizers.
- solid (crystalline, powdered, prilled or granular) of various size ranges;
- liquid (solutions and suspensions);
- gaseous (liquid under pressure, e.g. ammonia).
- quick-acting (water-soluble and immediately available);
- slow-acting (transformation into soluble form required, e.g. direct application of phosphate rock);
- controlled-release by coating;
- stabilized by inhibitors.